News / Middle East

Analyst: Egypt's Army Must Control Morsi Supporters

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi march in Cairo July 7, 2013, calling for him to be restored a president.   Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi march in Cairo July 7, 2013, calling for him to be restored a president.
x
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi march in Cairo July 7, 2013, calling for him to be restored a president.
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi march in Cairo July 7, 2013, calling for him to be restored a president.
James Butty
The Egyptian Army needs to control supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi if it is to maintain stability in the country, according to a noted Middle East analyst.

 

The advice comes from Nezar AlSayyad, who predicted ahead of time last week that the Army would oust Morsi and put the chief of the Constitutional Court in as interim president until elections could be held.

“If, in fact, the military is going to be able to control those people in the next may be weeks or 10 days, then I think the transitional government that is going to be put in place right now may be able to function well,” AlSayyad said.

But AlSayyad, head of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, said Egypt's Army cannot use too much violence in controlling Morsi's supporters.

“If, in fact, the protests of the pro-Morsi forces continues, or if the military manages to control them, but in a bloody way, then I think that they are likely to go back into hiding as, in fact, the Jamaa Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood did, and Egypt is likely to become another Algeria,” AlSayyad said.

He says while the pro-Morsi protesters have a right to demonstrate, calling for a return of the former president and inciting violence is dangerous for Egypt.

“At the moment, they are calling for the return of Morsi,” he said. “At the moment many of them are armed. There’s quite a lot of incitement that is going on, particularly among the pro-Morsi protesters, in a manner that is very unhealthy.

Butty interview with AlSayyad
Butty interview with AlSayyadi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

“If they are calling for people to come to the square in defense of Islam, it is in defense of Morsi. If they are calling for people to come because God is asking them to come. If they are calling for people to come because it is their duty to sacrifice their lives for the Morsi cause and what they consider to be their legitimate Islamic state, clearly this is a jihadist mentality, and as far as I’m concerned this is would be deadly for the country,” AlSayyad said.


AlSayyad rejects criticism that the anti-Morsi forces did not seem not to have had a clear succession plan. Instead, he said, anti-Morsi protesters have many plans reflecting the current difficult political climate in Egypt.

He said former U.N. nuclear agency chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, was rejected as the choice for interim prime minister by the Al-Dawa Al-Salafiya and the Islamist Al-Nur groups because he is considered too liberal.

“It had to do with the fact that the Salafists, who were a member of the coalition that accepted the removal of Mr. Morsi, and the Nur party objected to Elbaradei from the perspective that, one, he is from the opposition and they said we want a technocrat, two, that he is a liberal and of course the Salafi party did not want a liberal,” he said.

AlSayyad said the anti-Morsi coalition is considering naming Ziad Bahaa Eldin as prime minister, perhaps within the next 24 hours.

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.
AlSayyad said 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.


 

You May Like

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid