Comments on: Egypt: Protests built on a computer format http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/07/09/egypt-protests-built-on-a-computer-format/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: a_amer http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/07/09/egypt-protests-built-on-a-computer-format/#comment-73954 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:51:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=22249#comment-73954 Thank you for the kind comments.

While I would agree that there is contention over whether this is a coup, I fear that is irrelevant to the point I was trying to make and even the paragraph you quote. If you are contending that the June 30th protestors were a minority voice, or appeared in insufficient numbers to demonstrate a widespread (if not clear majority) voice of discontent, then I can understand your quoting of the concluding paragraph. What I was offering was an analysis and opinion of the nature and scale of the protests, not the mechanism by which Mursi was ultimately removed from power.

That being said, I would hasten to point out that a coup is an illegal seizure of power, which is contentious in this instance for at least three reasons:
– Mursi himself had declared his government to be illegitimate if there was widespread dissent against him,
– the courts had recently accused him of a serious crime that would have necessitated impeachment,
– and the constitution under which he ruled was not the same as that under which he’d been elected.

Any one of these reasons would arguably be enough to question the legitimacy of his presidency and trigger a new election, but in most democracies that would be a snap election initiated by the elected government itself if it genuinely felt it had a popular mandate, or a recall election called in response to an agreed upon mechanism. As the protests on June 30th 2013 were arguably much larger than those of January 25th 2011, the argument can be made that such a mechanism was more than satisfied.

I do not pose these issues as proof this was not a coup in academic terms (since there are legal scholars who are far better qualified than myself to answer that point), but to indicate that the issue is a legitimate subject of debate, not to be easily dismissed. So while a coup under any other name is indeed still a coup, my opinion is that this has not yet been shown to be such an illegal act. Only time will tell if it was a military power grab, or an honest attempt at a transitional government in response to an unprecedented demonstration of public will. A will that was being ignored by the public’s supposed representatives.

Finally, regardless of how we characterize the mechanism of Mursi’s removal, I would argue that it is irrelevant to my analysis of the protests. And lest we forget, they were only asking for a recall election – a perfectly reasonable democratic mechanism that has been around since the days of Aristotle.

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By: MPA http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/07/09/egypt-protests-built-on-a-computer-format/#comment-73880 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:34:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=22249#comment-73880 Removing Mursi, however, was not, as some claim, a civil war on religious lines or an attack on democracy by a conspiring minority. It was a confrontation between a freedom-hungry, peace-loving nation trying to preserve its identity, and a organization seeking to hold it hostage.
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A coup by any other name is still a coup.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/07/09/egypt-protests-built-on-a-computer-format/#comment-73863 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 03:51:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=22249#comment-73863 A fine, accurate and well composed piece. Well done!

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