July 2, 2013

Morsi cornered

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has required the military to withdraw the ultimatum issued asking him to resolve the situation created by the protests against him and his Government or face an intervention. These interventions consist in dissolving the parliament, rewriting the Constitution and holding new elections. So, ousting him from power as a first measure, then leave him the opportunity to run for office again under another constitution.

In a defiant television speech, Morsi reminded his constitutional legitimacy saying he will protect it “with his life” and refused to step down from office. The speech angered the protesters.

The army knows many of the anti-Morsi protesters are seeing them at their side and can take advantage of this situation.  The popular movement “Tamarod” among others is calling its people to stay on the streets until the deadline fixed by the military by Wednesday passes. With this announcements it seems impossible to defuse the protests before the ultimatum set by the army and it’s unlikely that the army withdraws his plans once they publicly announced them.

Before all this happened Morsi had to face several members of his cabinet resignations. He had lost among others, his foreign minister, Mohamed Kamel Amr, and his military advisor, Sami Enan, two important figures in this moment of crisis. They were suppose to help Morsi with the international relations searching for support from outside, and with the dialog with the military so crucial now.

From outside voices are telling Morsi to listen to the demands of the protesters. With the military there is no dialog, it seems, because in the first reaction to the ultimatum, the presidency of Egypt said in a statement that was not consulted by the army before as would be obligatory.

What the army proposes is a coup d’etat with a promise of elections. Now is time to see what will happen at the end of the ultimatum. How will Morsi react, How will the army react, how will the Muslim Brotherhood react, how will the people on the streets and the opposition react, and hope all this would be peaceful.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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