Egypt in Turmoil as Military Ousts Prez
Fears of a violent Muslim Brotherhood backlash, increased Mideast instability and resentment of the United States were coupled with relief at the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi yesterday after days of mass protest.
“Egypt is among the most important countries in the Middle East. It’s a linchpin in that region. I think to see Egypt move away from a radical, authoritarian dictatorship is a very hopeful sign,” said William Martel, associate professor of International Security Studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. “The wild card in this is the Muslim Brotherhood. There have been public reports that they will fight to the death. This could get turbulent or bumpy as the Egyptian people sort this out.”
The Egyptian military removed Morsi from office after issuing him a 48-hour ultimatum Monday to find a solution as millions of protestors took to the streets in a four-day revolt over his monopoly of power. Army leaders, who denied the ouster was a coup and said they were carrying out the people’s wish, suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution and installed Egypt’s chief judge as the head of an interim civilian government until new elections could be held. A travel ban was placed on Morsi and his top deputies.
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