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Egypt's military deposed President Mohamed Morsy, the country's first democratically elected president, Wednesday night. The head of the country's highest court has been installed as an interim leader, the country's top general announced.
Demonstrators in Cairo were protesting not only against Morsy, but also against President Barack Obama, saying he allied with terrorists with the Muslim Brotherhood, and a fascist regime.
It is no secret that U.S. foreign policy is unpopular, not only in Egypt, but throughout the Arab world. Egyptians love Americans, but they do not love U.S. foreign policy.
Wednesday's coup that toppled former President Mohamed Morsy prompted hundreds of thousands of people in the streets across Egypt to both applaud and assail the military's decision to step into the country's political fray for the second time in slightly more than two years.
"Normally revolutions either happen by the bullet or the ballot, and this is really more by the bullhorn," said former chief of staff for the Defense Department Jeremy Bash.
It creates a delicate situation for the Obama administration. The recent protests are a continuation of the revolution that began in early 2011, said Bash. Even then, Obama was in a tough spot.
"Mubarak had been our historic ally, we had interests in maintaining stability in Egypt," said Bash. "At that time the president decided ultimately to push Mubarak out and go with the street. But here we have a democratically elected Morsy. The administration has been trying to work with the Morsy government. And there's been fits and starts."
Cheers exploded in Tahrir Square Wednesday as Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, the leader of the Egyptian military, confirmed to the world that Mohamed Morsy was no longer the president of Egypt.
In addition, the constitution is suspended, a new cabinet will be formed, new elections will be held, and a technocractic government will rule until those elections can take place.
Many of the demonstrators in Egypt are the same people who marched against former President Hosni Mubarak. Why would those protesters would find it acceptable for there to be a coup against someone who was democratically elected, even if he was a horrible leader?
"Morsy usurped his position to consolidate the Muslim Brotherhood and to consolidate his own power. From the very beginning, when we got rid of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egyptians have maintained all along that anyone who tries to lead us in an authoritarian way, we will stand up against. And this is a strong message we also send out to the military," Egyptian commentator Mona Eltahawy told CNN.
Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president Wednesday night, installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader, the country's top general announced.
The military maintains that the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy is not a military coup.
"This is not a military coup at all. This is the will of the Egyptians supported by the army," former General Sameh Seif Elyazal told CNN.
Elyazal said the military was responding to the historic protests, where millions marched in the street for four days asking Morsy for an early presidential election.
"Egyptians are making new history. That's why it's not a military coup whatsoever, military coup meaning that the military would rule the country, and will run the country, and control the country. And the military is not doing that," said Elyazal.
Egypt's now former President Mohamed Morsy has been ousted in a military coup. The Egyptian army is not using that word, but Morsy is. On his twitter account Morsy tweeted, "Measures announced by Armed Forces leadership represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."
This after the military announced Wednesday that Morsy - the president democratically elected a year ago - is out, and the constitution is suspended.