Another Coup d’état: Egypt’s (Democratically Elected) President Overthrown by the Army


Nearly two-and-a-half years after the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak,  this time Egypt’s democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi has been ousted as president and replaced by the chief justice of the constitutional court. In a televised statement, Chief of Staff General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the constitution will be suspended and examined by a panel. He also called for presidential and parliamentary elections, and said the road-map had been agreed on in consultation with various political groups.   Even though crowds in Tahrir Square cheered and launched fireworks after the military announced Mohamed Morsi has been ousted, the recent experience tells us without any doubt that this effectively amounts to a threat to install a military dictatorship to contain and crush the popular protests.  Preparations for this coup were facilitated and supported by the rather naive  positions of the liberal and pseudo-left opposition parties, which are attempting to stoke an atmosphere of euphoria over the prospect of the army ousting the government.  The “Tamarod” (rebel) platform or “30 June Front”, backed by Mohamed El Baradei’s National Salvation Front, the Islamist Strong Egypt Party, the April 6 Youth Movement, the so-called Revolutionary Socialists, and some remnants of the old Mubarak regime, called in a statement that “the army’s historic role is to take the side of the people.”  There should be no illusion that such a military intervention will only bring an unelected dictatorial regime which would ultimately be directed against the Egyptian people and their legitimate democratic demands.  It is expected that the Egyptian army will now prepare the conditions to replace Mursi with a “technocratic” government, which would be a reactionary neoliberal capitalist regime directly controlled by the military.

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One Response to Another Coup d’état: Egypt’s (Democratically Elected) President Overthrown by the Army

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