Egypt's coup: any difference after a year?

2013-07-04, 12:36
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The President Morsi has been overthrown by the military and Adly Mansour, the deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court, was named the interim President.

Egypt's first democratically elected President was overthrown by the military this Wednesday only after a year in office. The army announced that they would install a temporary civilian government to replace Morsi, suspend the Islamist constitution, and call for new elections. The new President that was installed into power seems to be a figure of no great political affluence - highly unlikely to lead Egypt to real democracy.

Millions of protesters around the country went to the streets to celebrate this announcement. One might suspect Egyptians to be extremely suspicious of army intervention having in mind that previous army-led regimes brought corruption and dictatorship. However, after the coup successfully overthrew Morsi, people erupted onto the streets in joy and there was no sight of bad memories. Indeed, the army remains the most trusted institution in the country.

This coup leaves Egypt in an uncertain path with a danger of a deepening crisis after the joy wears out. The question is whether Morsi's supporters can push back against this new, military-installed government.

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