Analyst: Egypt's Army Must Control Morsi Supporters
Voice of America
07 July 2013
The Egyptian Army needs to control supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi if it is to maintain stability in the country, according to Nezar AlSayyad, head of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Earlier last week, AlSayyad predicted ahead of time that the Army would oust Morsi and put the chief of the Constitutional Court in as interim president until elections could be held. However, he said Egypt's Army cannot use too much violence in controlling Morsi's supporters.
The African Union last Friday suspended Egypt because it considers Morsi's removal a military takeover. In Washington, President Barack Obama voiced renewed concern about the political upheaval in Egypt while repeating that the United States is not aligned with and does not support any particular Egyptian political party or group. Republican Senator John McCain has said Washington should suspend U.S. aid to Egypt because the military has overturned a democratically elected president.
In contrast, AlSayyad remarks the African Union and Senator John McCain have oversimplified the definition of a military coup. He says while the military might have facilitated the removal of President Morsi, it is not governing Egypt directly.
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