Egypt: Is This a Coup or a Popular Revolution?

Friday, July 05, 2013

An Egyptian army Captain identified as Ihab Fathi holds the national flag while being carried by demonstrators during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo on January 31, 2011. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In the days following the ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, a mix of celebrations in support of the change, and demonstrations against it, have filled the streets.

The nation's future remains unclear as the divisions over the way forward grow deeper. Some view the new turn of events as a movement of the people. But the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't see it that way. As generals forcibly removed Morsi from power earlier this week, many Islamists are calling the Egyptian military's actions a coup.

The Egyptian military deposed Morsi on Wednesday and installed an interim civilian leader—the former head of Egypt's constitutional court. Morsi and many of his top aides are now under house arrest and at least 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested.

The Brotherhood's loss of power could have profound implications for political Islamists throughout the world.

Joining us to discuss the situation on the ground and the way forward for Egypt is Mona Makram-Ebeid, a political science professor at the American University in Cairo and a former member of parliament in Egypt—a position she resigned on Saturday. Also on the program is Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center. 

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Shadi Hamid and Mona Makram Ebeid

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Comments [2]


The Muslim Brotherhood does not respect other religions, stood by while Coptic Christians were being slaughtered and was destroying Egypt. The people had enough and rose up against Morisi. For the US now to continue supporting The Muslim Brotherhood who oppressed their own countrymen is vile.

Jul. 05 2013 11:42 AM
Angel from Miami FL

If the Egyptian military's actions are considered a coup what would we call Morsi giving himself unlimited powers and no judiciary oversight? The absence of the Egyptian military would result in civil war. Egypt doesn't have our constitution or history of successful constitutional control of government. Once that country goes through its growing pains where subsequent administrations don't attempt total takeovers of the democratic system it's likely that the military will intervene less and less in civilian affairs.

Jul. 05 2013 09:27 AM

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