News / Middle East

Analyst Says Egyptian Events Not a Military Coup

Army troops take positions on a bridge not far from members of the Muslim Brotherhood standing guard around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, July 3, 2013.
Army troops take positions on a bridge not far from members of the Muslim Brotherhood standing guard around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, July 3, 2013.
James Butty
A noted Middle East analyst says the Egyptian military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi is not a coup d’etat because it has created a civilian administration to take his place.


Nezar AlSayyad, chair of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, correctly predicted on Tuesday that the military would seize power the next day.

AlSayyad also predicted Egypt's Constitutional Court would be a key part of the Army governing solution until new elections could be held.

The Berkeley scholar told VOA that unlike February of 2011 when the military removed long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak from office and assumed power, this time the Army toppled Morsi, but created a civilian council headed by an interim head of state.

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

Cites differences with Mubarak ouster

"I am not really calling it a military [coup] at all. To the contrary, I am insisting that what should be called a military coup is what happened on February 11, 2011 when in fact the armed forces of Egypt removed President Hosni Mubarak,” said AlSayyad. “This was a complete coup because the military installed itself as the guardian of Egypt.

This time, the military simply removed a sitting president when there was tremendous opposition against him,” he said. “This time, the military has actually created a civilian council to govern the country headed by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.”

In a televised address late Wednesday, Army chief Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi said Egypt's constitution has been suspended and the head of the constitutional court appointed interim head of state.

 

Sisi declared that the army was reflecting the call of the Egyptian people, responding to massive opposition demands that President Mohamed Morsi step down.

 

As part of a new military-backed "roadmap" for the country, Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution, and a national reconciliation committee.

 

AlSayyad said he has no reason to doubt the military’s declaration that the transition period would last for six months.

I have no reason to believe or to be suspicious about the time frame,” AlSayyad said.

At least this time we know it is not completely in the hands of the military,” he continued. “At least this time, we also know that the individuals involved have a degree of political knowledge and political experience. At least we have someone who knows the law.”

Meanwhile, a senior official of the African Union (AU) says it is likely the AU's Peace and Security Council will meet Thursday to discuss the change of government in Egypt.

Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission, told VOA he also feels it is too early to say whether Morsi's ouster can be characterized as a military coup.

The AU has a standing policy of not recognizing leaders or regimes that come to power through unconstitutional means.


 

You May Like

Turkey: No Ransom Paid for Release of Hostages Held by IS Militants

President Erdogan hails release of hostages as diplomatic success but declines to be drawn on whether their release freed Ankara's hand to take more active stance against insurgents More

Audio Sierra Leone Ends Ebola Lockdown

Health ministry says it has reached 75 percent of its target of visiting 1.5 million homes to locate infected, educate population about virus More

US Pivot to Asia Demands Delicate Balancing Act

As the tumult in the Middle East distracts Obama, shifting American focus eastward appears threatened More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: James from: Cairo
July 03, 2013 10:57 PM
Funny. A nice play on words and events. I wonder if we'd be reading the same ludicrous story it had been a secular government ousted by the military.
Or, when it is the Brotherhood and allied supporters on the streets, will we still read print about how the authorities should 'listen to the people'?
The only question now is who is next to be the (temporary) elected President of Egypt until someone gets upset....
Hypocrisy really reaching new levels in the world's politics these days.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Towni
X
Deborah Block
September 21, 2014 2:12 PM
A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
Video

Video Natural Gas Export Plan Divides Maryland Town

A U.S. power company that has been importing natural gas now wants to export it. If approved, its plant in Lusby, Maryland, would likely be the first terminal on the United States East Coast to export liquefied natural gas from American pipelines. While some residents welcome the move because it will create jobs, others oppose it, saying the expansion could be a safety and environmental hazard. VOA’s Deborah Block examines the controversy.
Video

Video Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Difficult Tactical Battle Ahead Against IS Militants in Syria

The U.S. president has ordered the military to intensify its fight against the Islamic State, including in Syria. But how does the military conduct air strikes in a country that is not a U.S. ally? VOA correspondent Carla Babb reports from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Alibaba Shares Soar in First Day of Trading

China's biggest online retailer hit the market Friday -- with its share price soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares were priced at $68, but trading stalled at the opening, as sellers held onto their shares, waiting for buyers to bid up the price. More on the world's biggest initial public offering from VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid