Wednesday 10 July 2013

Egypt: Morsi Deposed, Security being Restored

It looks rather like a prediction I made last week is already being fulfilled: Ben Hubbard, David D. Kirkpatrick, 'Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi', The New York Times July 10, 2013. These journalists give a rather convincing argument for the sudden changes that have taken place in the last few days (the diffidence of the police towards dealing with crime, the fuel crisis and power cuts) and also reveal some interesting but disturbing facts about the financing of Tamarrod.
When Mr. Mubarak was removed after nearly 30 years in office in 2011, the bureaucracy he built stayed largely in place. Many business leaders, also a pillar of the old government, retained their wealth and influence. Despite coming to power through the freest elections in Egyptian history, Mr. Morsi was unable to extend his authority over the sprawling state apparatus, and his allies complained that what they called the “deep state” was undermining their efforts at governing. While he failed to broaden his appeal and build any kind of national consensus, he also faced an active campaign by those hostile to his leadership, including some of the wealthiest and most powerful pillars of the Mubarak era.
Acccording to Hubbard and Kirkpatrick, it is the police returning to the streets that offers the most blatant sign that:
the institutions once loyal to Mr. Mubarak held back while Mr. Morsi was in power. Throughout his one-year tenure, Mr. Morsi struggled to appease the police, even alienating his own supporters rather than trying to overhaul the Interior Ministry. But as crime increased and traffic clogged roads — undermining not only the quality of life, but the economy — the police refused to deploy fully. Until now.
And as the interim government struggles to unite a divided nation, the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Morsi’s supporters say the sudden turnaround proves that their opponents conspired to make Mr. Morsi fail.
The New York Times maintaining the ambiguoposition of Washington uses "the C-word" only once in this article, in a quotation.

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