Mohammed Morsi born 8 August 1951 is the fifth and current President of Egypt, he assumed office on June 30,2012 during the “Arab Spring” Morsi was a Member of Parliament in the People’s Assembly of Egypt from 2000 to 2005, and a leading member in the Muslim Brotherhood. Many in the West suspected Morsi would be hard line Shar’ia Law proponent who would eventually rule with an iron fist. Morsi’s back ground spoke of a man who longed to establish Egypt as an Islamic state. He became Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) when it was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. He stood as the FJP’s candidate for the May–June 2012 presidential election. When he won many were elated while critics in the West especially those in the US were suspicious. It turns out our suspicious may have been well founded.
After Morsi granted himself unlimited powers to “protect” the nation in late November 2012, and the power to legislate without judicial oversight or review of his acts, hundreds of thousands of protesters began demonstrating against him in the 2012 Egyptian protests. On 8 December 2012, Morsi annulled his decree which had expanded his presidential authority and removed judicial review of his decrees, an Islamist official said, but added that the effects of that declaration would stand, George Isaac of the Constitution Party said that Morsi’s declaration did not offer anything new, the National Salvation Front rejected it as an attempt to save face, and the 6 April Movement and Gamal Fahmi of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate said the new declaration failed to address the “fundamental” problem of the nature of the assembly that was tasked with drafting the constitution.
On June 30, 2013 mass protests erupted across Egypt calling for the President’s resignation followed by the army’s threat that if the protesters’ demands aren’t met by 3 July it will step in and build a road map for the country while insisting that it did not want to rule the country. Some took this to mean a military coup, but the next day the army denied that they were referring to a possible military coup. The plan set up by the military includes suspending the constitution, dissolving the parliament and establishing a new administration headed by the chief justice.
All of Egypt is waiting the answer, as President Mohammed Morsi defies an army-issued ultimatum to share power with his political enemies by 5 p.m. Wednesday: a demand the army says it is imposing in response to millions who have taken to the streets to call for his ouster.
How will this end, and what does it have to do with the U.S? It certainly can’t be good for President Obama who supported President Mohammed Morsi. The whole world is watching, and waiting to see what it means for Morsi to be ousted from Egypt.
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