Jul 04, 2013
By Scott Walker
It has only been 29 months since Egyptians were celebrating in the streets after the military brought an end to the regime Hosni Mubarak and opened the country to its first democratically-elected government.
Now they’re celebrating the military’s decision to put an end to the government of Mohammad Morsi because they feel he failed to improve their lives, and was steering the country towards Islamic rule.
The supreme justice of Egypt’s Supreme constitutional Court has been sworn in as interim president. Adly Mansour will serve as Egypt’s interim leader until a new president is elected. A date for that vote has yet to be set.
Egypt’s neighbours are generally reacting favourably to the end of Morsi’s government. The United Arab Emirates have been highly critical of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood and are welcoming the change. Saudi Arabia also sent congratulations.
US President Barack Obama is calling for a quick return to civilian rule. Canadian Foreign Affairs is urging Egypt to remain calm. And UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is appealing for a peaceful settlement to the crisis.