Egyptian Army Suspends Egypt’s Constitution

From Al Jazeera:

The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. The head of Egypt’s armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state. Morsi’s presidential Facebook page quoted the disposed president as saying he rejected the army statement as a military coup. In a televised broadcast, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi effectively declared the removal of  Morsi.

Sounds like a reasonably benevolent military coup, as military coups go. People seem happy (hopefully women won’t get raped in the excitement). As for that suspended constitution; I’m no expert but wasn’t it an Islamic constitution? Good riddance. Religion and politics are a toxic mix whether it’s in Egypt, Israel or the United States.

Here’s more from the Guardian, BBC, the Washington Post and the CBC.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

3 thoughts on “Egyptian Army Suspends Egypt’s Constitution”

  1. Perhaps it’s a generational difference, but I don’t think that a military coup is ever a good thing.

  2. For sure. In this case it might be a less bad thing, though. Dyer just wrote a good column on it; I’ll post it later today.

  3. Looking forward to that. During the first Gulf War (remember that one?), he was about the only columnist who told the truth. As a former military man himself, he knows whereof he speaks.

    One of the problems with a politically interventionist military is that, one way or another, it inhibits the progress and practice of democracy. If the military is the shadow opposition, no civilian political movement can develop as it should.

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