Thursday, July 4, 2013

The New ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt sees President Morsi ousted by the Army, he failed to deliver for the people because of his narrow agenda, can the new interim leader steady the country or will Morsi supporters start civil war, either way, their time is up

Dear All

The President of Egypt has failed the people of his country.

As we are seeing, there is a new ‘Arab Spring’ on the march because people are sick of living in poverty and being denied a future.

President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in public office; there has been a military coup after only one year of his reign.

The head of Egypt’s army General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said the constitution had been suspended and the chief justice of the constitutional court would take on Mr Morsi’s powers.

It’s a start, but we have been here before, there must be leadership and there must be a vision to go forward!

People in Egypt need a democracy that is inclusive and for all the people to live in harmony in a meaningful sense!

And people want freedom from the oppressive measures that has been the hall mark of the Morsi regime, he and his advisors didn’t listen to the views of the people, their narrow minded agenda was their downfall.

The people have taken to the streets in vast numbers, all with the same message; Moris must go for the good of the country. When you see the footage of four days of mass street demonstrations against Morsi, you see the writing on the wall for him and his supporters.

The Army has stepped in and hopefully, there won’t be civil war.

Morsi was issued with an ­ultimatum issued by the military which expired on Wednesday afternoon to change, the deadline passed and we are where we are.

President Morsi’s current whereabouts are unknown, but an ­unverified tweet claiming to be from him urged civilians and members of the military to ­uphold the law and the constitution.

Rather than prolonging the agony, he should just step away, in the Middle East, leaders who have had their day sometimes end up with a bullet through their head.

It is never good when the Army is forced on to the streets of its own country, however, the Army appears to be placing themselves above the politics, they want stability, but are mindful of the people’s real anger.

Several hundred soldiers with ­armoured vehicles staged a ­parade on a main road near the presidential palace in Cairo as a show of strength.

The security sources have issued a statement that Morsi and the entire senior leadership of his Muslim Brotherhood where banned from leaving the country.

If Morsi is interested in national unity, he must know that he has to step down; Tahrir Square is filled with people who have said that his illiberal policies aren’t what Egypt and its people are about.

Maybe he will recognise that it is time to go, if it ends up as civil war, then Morsi probably won’t get the option of a Court trial unless the Army grab him first.

His options are narrowing, a bullet throw the head, getting hung, or standing down.

I think option C is the best bet, there have been a lot of inventions in the world, but there hasn’t been a man who can out run a bullet.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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