July 3, 2013

USAT Email: ‘Morsi ousted as president; Egypt constitution suspended’

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:46 pm

The linked article isn’t as clear-cut:

Morsi’s fate unclear as army tightens grip on Egypt

In what opponents bitterly described as a “coup,” Egypt’s military moved tanks and troops into Cairo on Wednesday to prepare for the almost certain ouster of President Mohammed Morsi only minutes after he rejected their ultimatum to yield to the political demands of mass protests or step down.

In imposing its deadline two days ago, the military had warned that if Morsi did not act, they would step in to suspend the constitution and Islamist-dominated parliament and set up a civilian leadership council.

The state news agency reported late Wednesday that the army plan, to be announced shortly, would include a brief short period of interim rule to be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections.

The agency said opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei and religious leaders, who met earlier in the day with the army chief of staff, would issue the statement spelling out details of the plan.

Members of his Muslim Brotherhood say his whereabouts are uncertain as communications are disrupted between the country’s top civilian leaders.

… The clampdown came only hours after a meeting between army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and ElBaradei, Egypt’s leading democracy advocate, who represents the opposition National Salvation Front coalition and the youth groups leading anti-Morsi protesters.

Also in attendance to discuss the military’s proposed political “road map” were Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar mosque, and Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice party members say they refused an invitation to take part in the meeting.

That’s okay. Terrorists won’t negotiate with others, so there’s no reason to negotiate with terrorists.

My hopefully wrong prediction is that we’ll see the Muslim Brotherhood more visibly become the terrorist group they have always been.

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UPDATE: Liberal Kirsten Powers (HT PJ Tatler) –

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