Today, following warnings that they would act if President Morsi did not appease millions of angry protesters, Egypt's military deposed him, dissolved the Egyptian constitution, and set the groundwork for the establishment of a new constitution and new elections.
The Head of Egypt's constitutional court will be the temporary president until a new constitution can be made and new elections occur. Mohammed Morsi had been the nation's first democratically-elected president, but concerns throughout the last year regarding his manipulation of the constitution and consolidation of power for himself and the Muslim Brotherhood pushed many to come out in large protests demanding for an end to his reign.
Unfortunately, the situation is a difficult one, as it is both hopeful and greatly concerning in various ways. There is considerable evidence that Morsi had abused his position and tried to run a faux-democracy; so, his removal is a welcome change. Yet, the military taking over brings up the chance that this might just happen again, with a constitution made, an election carried out, and then it all being dissolved shortly after. There is also growing evidence that the military is overreaching, with alarming news out of Egypt that they have stormed and arrested staff at multiple news agencies deemed "too pro Morsi", including the respected local branch of Al Jazeera during a live broadcast, rounded up the former president and his close staff, and issued arrest warrants for most of the Muslim Brotherhood political party in the Egyptian government.
Having seen the struggles of the Egyptian People to find a new way forward for their nation, it is very concerning to see the military possibly overreach yet again, as they did following the fall of Mubarak. They deserve better than more corrupt rule, and hopefully this will turn out better than their first attempt at establishing a new democracy in the nation. In their announcement of the new path forward, there was one hopeful sight. Where the military representative was alone in discussing the future following Mubarak, the military representative today was surrounded by a variety of Egyptian leaders, from the opposition to religious leaders and multiple political forces in the nation, as they discussed the future following Morsi. This brings some hope to the possibility that this time there might really be a coordinated effort to establish a coalition government.
I am aware that people around here have a variety of views on the world and political events such as this, and while I am hesitant regarding some of the more interesting perspectives some people have when it comes to events like this, I felt like this is an event worthy of discussion around here. I hope you might share your impressions and responses to this, and while some argument is to be expected, hopefully we can maintain a level of decorum regarding such an important event for the People of Egypt and the region.
So, what are your thoughts on the events unfolding in Egypt?