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July 3rd, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Analysis: Victory, or 'a sad day' for Egypt?

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.

Many of the people who voted for Morsy, said Eltahawy, watched him "marginalize, intimidate, and send into detention any opponents - basically prevent Egyptians from forming the kind of institutions that we could use to stand up against him."

"The only avenue we had left as Egyptians was the streets," said Eltahawy.

There was arguably another avenue, which was to have another election, and defeat Morsy.

"How could we have formed political parties when most activists, and many heads of political parties were being sent to jail, or being prevented
from travel, or being intimidated by Mohamed Morsy?" said Eltahawy.

"It's easy for you to say from outside of Egypt, 'You should have waited.' But how, when we are being prevented from creating the very political institutions that we need to lead us to the elections?" said Eltahawy.

"It's a very sad day for Egypt. This is not the end of President Morsy, nor is it the end of the Muslim Brotherhood," Ed Husain, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNN.

"It's sad to sit here and see the defense of, the overthrow of - however dis-likable and detested - a democratically elected president. The way to overthrow him is at the ballot box," said Husain.

Opposition movements in Egypt have been divided, and have not had a leader or a vision, said Husain.

"The mobilization of the masses on the street is not to the credit of the opposition as such, but to the failure of the Morsy government. And I fear that the worst is yet to come, in the sense that we have not yet seen the response of the Muslim Brotherhood or its more extreme, violent cousins," said Husain.

"They will not sit back and say, 'Jolly good job, Morsy is out of power now.' They will do everything in their power to rise against military rule, and the government of whoever comes next, if it's not a government that they are somehow in control of," said Husain.

Disposing a Muslim Brotherhood president will not disengage the group from the political process, said Husain, which will result, "in greater division, greater violence, and greater chaos in the Arab world's most important country."

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