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Egyptian President Overthrown, Constitution Suspended 413

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Al Jazeera and other publications are reporting that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been overthrown by the country's army. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of the Egyptian armed forces, said in a televised announcement that Morsi had been removed from power, the Constitution had been suspended, and Adli al-Mansour, leader of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, had been appointed to lead the country until elections can be held. "Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements. He said the roadmap had been agreed by a range of political groups." According to the BBC's report, "General Sisi said on state TV that the armed forces could not stay silent and blind to the call of the Egyptian masses," and "The army is currently involved in a show of force, fanning out across Cairo and taking control of the capital."
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Egyptian President Overthrown, Constitution Suspended

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  • by Pumpkin Tuna (1033058) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @05:26PM (#44182121)

    In this case I'm guessing it's because in 2012 Morsi granted himself pretty much unlimited power and then used it to ram through a crappy constitution that most Egyptians didn't really like. Just spitballing though.

  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @05:29PM (#44182159) Journal

    Because the constitution in question was hastily approved less than a year ago with a lot of controversy and meager support among the populace (64% of people voted yes on the referendum, but the turnout was only 33%). It defines Islam and "principles of Shariah" as "the main source of legislation", which is precisely what many protesters were up in arms against. In short, it's the brainchild of the Islamists, and so any popular revolution against them is going to disregard it as well.

  • by steveha (103154) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @05:55PM (#44182487) Homepage

    So this is a rather informal one.

    It's a coup, but rather a strange one. The people want Morsi gone, the military is moving against him and then handing off power to the people.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/03/egypt-morsi-protests-army-deadline/2485355/ [usatoday.com]

    Here's a summary of the situation from the point of view of one of the protesters.

    Why President Morsi is in Trouble:
    A youth leader of the June 30th demonstrations gives us an insider's view of why ordinary Egyptians are in revolt.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/why-president-morsi-is-in-trouble/?singlepage=true [pjmedia.com]

  • by icebike (68054) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @06:42PM (#44183059)

    That seems to be the view echoed in this extensive post on CNN by a History professor in Cairo [cnn.com] which interesting reading, but probably too long for the average slashdot-er.
    TL:DR: he held his nose but hoped for the best when Morsy became President, but simply couldn't stand the "'Brotherhoodization" of the government. The Muslim Brotherhood had systematically replaced every level of government right down to School Principals with unqualified followers.

    I'd been watching the stream for hours when cheering an fireworks broke out, and upon looking to Twitter found that the Army had replaced the Muslim Brotherhood leadership with a representative of the Supreme Court. Every military chopper that went overhead was also loudly cheered. Contrary to how CNN is presenting this, it is clearly a popular turn of events.

    Egypt may have stepped back from the brink of becoming yet another Islamic Religious Dictatorship.

  • Re:wtf? (Score:5, Informative)

    by icebike (68054) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @08:00PM (#44183821)

    Overwhelmingly Approved? Are you DAFT?

    (64% of voters approved of the referendum, but the turnout was only 33% of eligible voters.)
    So that's two thirds of the one third that actually voted, or about 20%.

    The Muslim brotherhood made sure it was "the right 20%" that got into the poling places.

  • by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @08:11PM (#44183923)
    Perhaps you were unaware that the Crusades were a reaction to invasion? Not a very well thought out reaction, although it turned out to be fairly effective overall (Muslim advances into Europe were halted and turned back over time, with the results of the Crusades leading to the Renaissance and to European nations becoming world dominant after being a back water for a long time).
  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @10:03PM (#44184795) Journal

    That seems a pretty gross exaggeration of public sentiment in Egypt, the problem, at its core, is that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cohorts won the slimmest of majorities (just over 51%), and instead of recognizing the somewhat tenuous situation they were in and moderating their activities, they basically went all out to seize control of the constitution, various local governments and the judiciary, with the clear intent of assuring a narrow islamist form of Shariah was the law of the land.

    To many of the 2012 protesters, reformers, and most importantly there Egyptian Army, this was directly opposed to what they had intended. Many feared, and not entirely without justification that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were going to take a page from Ayatollah Khomeini's play book and use the reformist zeal to put in place a strongly theocratic and autocratic government.

    I'll say this about it, when something like a third of any nation's populace signs a petition demanding the government reign, I would suggest to that government that it shelve more controversial policies and try to find a new accommodation with the oppositon., or one way or the other shit will hit the fan.

  • by rahvin112 (446269) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @11:03PM (#44185141)

    No it wouldn't have worked. Look at the economy. The reason they are having power cuts is because the country is just about out of money. When Mubark was overthrown, Egypt had 30 billion in foreign reserves. Those are dropping steadily, in one year they've been cut it in half AND at the same time they've reduced wheat stockpiles 3/4 and are at the point of begging Oman for fuel.

    The wheat harvest should total out a couple percent higher than last year but it won't come close to meeting the needs of the subsidized bread the poor are dependent on. They'll burn through the remaining money in a matter of months buying wheat to meet those subsidies.

    Without the subsidized bread (sold for about 0.08 cents) several million people will starve to death. People starving to death are generally very disruptive to society. During the last Egyptian bread riots they nearly ended up in a civil war.

    To compound the matter tourism is dead, it was Egypts only serious generator of foreign cash and the Islamists destroyed it in short order. Hell Morisi appointed an Islamist that leads an organization that killed several dozen tourists to be the governor of the area where tourism is the biggest. The incompetence of the administration boggles the mind.

    If something isn't done right now the country is going to disintegrate into some of the worst violence the country has ever seen due to the intersection of several major issues (bread, currency, fuel, etc). The problem is the Muslim Brotherhood is more interested in doing things to cement their own rule and institute their own moral view than to stabilize the country. It's unfortunate but if the Army didn't step in now it would end far worse than it will by forcing the Islamists out (and the resulting damage that will do, they comprise better than 1/5th of the population). It's a bad situation and the smart Egyptians with means are getting out of the country while they can.

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