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Egypts ousts Morsi

After refusing to step-down despite a 48-hour ultimatum by the military and four days of massive protests (which sadly saw nearly a hundred women raped), President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by what his supporters have called a “military coup.”

During today’s speech, General AbdelFattah al-Sisi declared President Morsi, who was democratically elected a year ago by a slim margin, was no longer Eqypt’s ruler and the head of the constitutional court would take over in the interim. General al-Sisi also told his countrymen the constitution would be temporarily suspended.

Al Jazeera reports:

In a televised broadcast, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, General AbdelFattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of  Morsi.

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.

Speaking shortly after al-Sisi’s announcement, liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak was relaunched and that the roadmap meets the demand of the protesters for early presidential elections.

Egypt’s leading Muslim and Christian clerics also backed the army-sponsored roadmap.

Many Egyptians were upset with the lack of progress under Morsi’s rule. Despite promising to improve the country’s economic issues, under Morsi the crippling fuel lines, exorbitant food prices, and lack of opportunities got worse. Add to that the unease many Egyptians felt about Morsi’s religious affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood, and millions of Egyptians felt they had no other option but to take to the streets.

While Egyptians are celebrating in Tahrir Square, many fear retaliatory violence in other parts of the country and by President Morsi’s supporters.

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  • Mademoiselle

    Americans spend a lot of time discussing domestic rights, while fighting for international “rights.” Other nations spend a lot of time fighting for their own rights, and leaving Americans to their own devices. There’s no question how passionate and pivotal politics are abroad. Watching the events in Egypt go down make me feel like we accept a lot of B/S from our leaders in America — all talk, no action. Reminds me of a comment I saw after the “stolen Bush election” that asked why we weren’t storming the streets after such obvious corruption followed 4 years of dissatisfaction. Every election is more of the same here, yet we still aren’t rioting-mad yet.

    • Lisss

      IMO, i think it takes a real threat for people to wake up. Once the livelihood of someone is threatened, their basic needs not being fulfilled, they will fight tooth and nail for their lives. But here in North America, as long as we have food, housing and clothes, we are more than willing to be complacent.

    • Deb

      People are just WAY too comfortable here! At the same time, I can imagine if Egypt was as well off as the US is right now, they’d be much more active in and aware of their government, economy, etc (instead of bipartisan politics like Americans).

      At this point, stating that the american economy is going to eventually collapse is not a conspiracy theory or fear mongering. It’s a reality. I think when it gets close and the Mainstream Media cannot hide the truth anymore, people will start to riot.
      BUT by the time majority americans wake up and start to revolt, it will not be rioting for change. It will be sheer PANIC because it will be at a point where nothing can be done to help the situation.

      Look, even Snowden’s revelations about PRISM didn’t cause rioting and protests across the country, that’s how asleep and nonchalant people in this country are. The guy has dropped the biggest revelations about our government in years and he’s stuck in an airport in Russia and noone cares. It’s all old news now.

      I think we are doomed honestly but I’ll keep that to myself because it’s not what people like to hear.

  • Fossilizedrelic

    “After refusing to step-down despite a 48-hour ultimatum by the military and four days of massive protests (which sadly saw nearly a hundred women raped)”

    Oh the old rape chestnut, contrived and propagated by the CIA in its guise as “humanitarian agency”, Human Rights Watch..

    Why is it that every time anyone stands up against a western imposed dictator abroad or the corporate imposed dictators at home (the Rep/Dems) the rape allegations come flooding in thick and fast, with the reasons for the protest relegated to an irrelevance and the phoney rape story becoming the main story.

    The reason the Egyptians reject Morsi is the same as the reason they ousted Mubarak, he’s another western puppet installed by the west to continue the work Mubarak was doing for them.

    Rob the poor and give to rich. Same shit, different place.

    Btw, the Egyptian’s seem to be the only people in the world who really understand that democracy means . . . THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    What that means is that the people can vote someone into power today and expel from them from office the next day for no other reason than that’s their WILL.

    America and it’s hack journalists clearly need to be reminded of this.

  • Stef

    What next? Nothing good that’s what, you just can’t disenfranchise 30-40% of the population who support the Muslim brotherhood, arrest thier leaders and think happiness and prosperity will follow . Not gonna happen

  • IMO it’s too soon to say how the country will end up, but I’m surprised that relatively little has happened (revolutions tend to be messy affairs -yes, I know about Georgia). I don’t think such mass movements will happen in the West, even though Greece looked like that for a while. Let’s hope their differences can be settled without violence.

  • Deb

    I have so much to say about this but all we can do is wait and see how Egypt turns out in the coming years. We’ll see if they are the first success story to emerge from the “Arab Spring”. Only God knows where Syria will be in the coming years *sigh*

    • Mademoiselle

      It’s actually a very interesting real life example of what’s in history books about how empires/hierarchies/dynasties, etc com crashing down. Beheading monarchs, exiling dictators, anti-military brigades. There have been other coups in our lifetime, but this strikes me as either the most impactful or the first of many to be seen in the next 10 years or so. And when the dust settles, we’ll get to see just how hard it is to build a government from scratch, recover from the pathology, and become a global power player. There’s no doubt it will be difficult for Egypt, but the people seem poised to climb that hill as long as their next play is not to ask for assistance from the U.S., France, or England. Once that happens, the toilet flushes.