Egypt Uprising 2013: The Country's Luckiest Man

July 4, 2013


What's the name of the president?

Former President Mohamed Morsi appointed the new Chief Justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court two days before he was chosen to be president. The new president gave a small speech after he was sworn in. President Mansour Adly stated that he has been "appointed by the Egyptian people, the source of all authorities," after they have corrected the path of thr January 25 Revolution. "The greatest benefit of June 30 is that it united the people again", he said. He also said that that this uprising shall "end the worship of the ruler forever". He expressed his hopes that Egyptians "would never leave the square, generation after another, awake and aware, protecting their revolution". He also declared that during this transitional period free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections will be held according to the people's will.

 
Adly Mansour, Egypt's new interim president is officially the country's luckiest man....


External reactions

U.S. called what happened in Egypt a "military coup" and as it has always been, was followed by U.K., Germany and the rest of Europe. U.S. President Barack Obama has, yet again, expressed his deep on concern regarding the "unrest" in Egypt, called upon the military to handover power to civilians soon and announced a review of the military aid. The European Union stance was no different; also announcing that they will review the aids given to Egypt. The NATO followed its leaders, announcing that the situation in Egypt has become "worrying". On the other hand, the Russian Government has announced its full support to the Egyptian Revolution and declared that it will not allow any intervention in Egypt's internal affairs.

In the region the majority of Arab regimes, including the new Qatari regime and KSA, welcomed the new president and promised their full support to Egyptians. UAE and KSA have also vowed to withdraw their investments from the U.S. if it intervened in Egypt's internal affairs.  Tunisia and Turkey's Muslim Brotherhood regimes, which are facing the threat of a revolution of their own, condemned what they called a "military coup"....

Mohamed Kamel Amr, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs has been reappointed with the task of sending a message to the rest of the world that what happened was not a military coup but rather a people's revolution....

Internal reactions 

While nine Muslim Brotherhood ministers resigned from Hesham Kandil's cabinet in protest of what they called a military coup, clashes haven't stopped in different cities all over the country, leaving 15 dead and round 500 injured. The clashes that took place in Cairo in the vicinity of Cairo University, Sidi Bishr in Alexandria, Sharqeya, Ismalia, Minia, Sohag and Assuit were not only between supporters and protesters, but also supporters and army and police personnel. Both the army and police have also arrested many supporters possessing unlicensed weapons.

Rabaa sit-in, which was now surrounded by army tanks and personnel that were said to be securing and protecting them, is still peaceful. The supporters of the toppled president vowed to stay in the street and fight the military coup to put the legitimate president back in power. They announced that they will have marches tomorrow all over the country.

In a very surreal scene, the Islamists were seen chanting "down with military rule"....

 A coup or a revolution?

The whole country was busy today trying to give a name to what happened in the past four days in Egypt. Is it a people's movement or a military coup? This was the question that everyone insisted on answering. What is worrying is that it has already started to cause a few divisions in times when divisions can result in disasters.

On the bright side, while people were divided on the labels,  most of them were united on not leaving the streets until a clear time line is put for the transitional period, and so Tahrir Square was full today and calls for protests were made for tomorrow....

Arrests

Last night arrests of Islamist leaders happened without a prosecutor's permission, but now that Prosecutor General Abd El Megeed Mahmoud is back in office, orders of arrests and travel bans for around 300 Islamist leaders have already been issued. Rumors about Khairt El Shater, Deputy Supreme Guide and Mohamed Badei, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with Islamist leader, Hazem Abu Ismaeel and many others being arrested have been out all day. Until this moment though the only confirmed arrest is that of Dr. Saad El Katatny, Chairman of Freedom and Justice Party. Calls for reconciliations with the rest of the Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood members have circulated from the president, the Armed Forces, secular politicians and youth movements.

This has all happened while revolutionary human rights defenders called for just trials for the leaders....

Egyptians and Islamists "don't mix"....

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