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January 28th, 2013


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12:55 am - Not Unexpected News From Egypt
PORT SAID, Egypt — President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities on Sunday, as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.

By imposing a one-month state of emergency in Suez, Ismailia and here in Port Said, where the police have lost all control, Mr. Morsi’s declaration chose to use one of the most despised weapons of former President Hosni Mubarak’s autocracy. Under Mubarak-era laws left in effect by the country’s new Constitution, a state of emergency suspends the ordinary judicial process and most civil rights. It gives the president and the police extraordinary powers.


At this point, I'm betting things have turned a corner in Egypt and that Morsi won't be in charge of Egypt in a year (likely less). The Muslim Brotherhood (which Morsi is the head of) didn't get involved in the Muslim Spring riots against Mubarak until near the end, and I'm betting the people who were involved early take poorly to these actions. Given that Morsi is definitely proving to be of the "Meet the new thug, same as the old thug" school of politics, I wish the people of Egypt well and hope they overthrow Morsi and actually manage to elect someone who isn't a would-be tyrant.

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From:tcpip
Date:January 28th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
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The problem with Egypt (and rather like Syria) is that they place was run by a sort-of secular dictatorship. Now they have a sort-of religious democracy. At some point we can only hope that they work out that what they need is a secular democracy.
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From:heron61
Date:January 28th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
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I'm not convinced that the religious aspect of their democracy all that problematic. I think the brutal thug aspect of Morsi's rule has far more to do with the previously disenfranchised getting their ideas of power from the previous regime. Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh was part of the Muslim Brotherhood before they tossed him out, and I think he'd have made an excellent leader. Sadly, the actual choice was between thug 1 & thug 2. Ahmed Shafik came quite close to winning, and he was a secular (if horrific) candidate.
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From:mlerules
Date:January 28th, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Scary stuff. May the thugs depart and the gaps be filled w/non-thuggish types.
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:January 30th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
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I hope they get a secular democracy. Any country that is a theocracy stands little chance of having civil rights for its people while said theocracy is in power.

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