Just the latest in a line of military dictators out of tune with the aspirations of his people but propped-up by certain (cough) foreign interests who still haven't got the message about democracy. It wasn't that long ago that old wotsisname President General Musharraf was kicked out of Pakistan and before that of course don't forget the so called 'Shah' of Iran.
Give these people credit please they achieved their goal of getting rid of a dictator for over 30 years to rule with an iron hand and no freedom. He was corrupt and stole money from the government and the people while basking in his power.The only good fact about him was he was an ally to Israel which now Israel is fearing what kind of government takeover will happen in Egypt.Power to the people!Power to Egypt!
One ought to remember that the army always held the power in Egypt, all the way back to Nasser. That explains, how peaceful all subsequent changes have played out, including the assassination of Sadat.
There is an interesting slant to this Egyptian form of military rule. While it certainly supports the government of the day, it does not seem to take an active part in the legal superstructure. More or less a pragmatic base, with enough room for differences "up top".
I don't think Egypt will become a Democracy in our sense very soon. While there have been political parties, there hasn't been a fully developed political culture. Social media may be effective in gathering people, they don't in fact help build a body politics.
Also, don't underestimate the Jerusalem factor. Israel clearly has had no problems having dictators all around them, as long as they could be managed. A military government would be decidedly to Israel's liking, while a truly democratic country would be far less predictable. Just look what happened, when the Palestinians actually voted pro-Hamas.
In any case, living in a country, which a mere 20 years ago experienced a truy amazing peaceful change, I wish all people in the region a chance, to experience freedom and chose their own way.
"Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht" (Humour means laughing despite of it)
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