A protester, opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, holds a book titled President Morsi Building a New Egypt in front of the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo’s Moqattam district July 1, 2013. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
UPDATE 3:45 pm: What does the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi mean?
First, Egypt is not Algeria. When Algeria’s military overthrew an elected Islamist-fundamentalist regime in the early 1990s, a horrible civil war resulted. That won’t happen in Egypt, in part because the military has overwhelming popular support. And if the Muslim Brotherhood chooses a violent path now, it will be crushed.
The fall of Morsi also means that the Muslim Brotherhood–linked Syrian rebels, including their Al Qaeda allies, are far more isolated now. That ought to aid in finding a negotiated settlement in the Syrian civil war.
Morsi’s fall also bodes ill for Prime Minister Erdogan in Turkey, a Muslim Brotherhood–backed Islamist who is also facing a popular rebellion, though in different circumstances.
UPDATE 3:30 pm: It’s over. (Or it’s just beginning.) Morsi is out. The odious Muslim Brotherhood has been pushed to the sidelines. Its broadcasting channel is off the air.
There’s jubilation in the streets of Egypt.
The head of the armed forces announced:
The armed forces would never turn a blind eye towards the aspirations of the Egyptian people.
The armed forces will always be out of politics. The Egyptian people called on the armed forces to fulfill the goals of the revolution.
The armed forces understood the demands of the Egyptian people. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility.
Since November 2012, we have called for a national dialogue, which was accepted by all parties except the presidency.
We have made many proposals to get out of the current crisis.
We met with the Egyptian president on 30 June, 2013, during which we rejected any threat to the Egyptian people.
We were hoping for reconciliation that would fulfill the aspirations of the people.
However, the president’s address did not live up to the expectations of the Egyptian people.
So we called for a meeting involving different parties, without excluding anyone.
Our roadmap consists of: 1- Suspending the constitution.
2-Holding early presidential elections. The High Constitutional Court head will be in charge of the country until then.
3-Forming a national coalition government.
4-Forming a committee to look into amendments of the constitution.
Taking measures to include the Egyptian youth in the decision-making process.
The armed forces call on the great Egyptian people to abstain from violence and resort to peaceful protest.
UPDATE 2:45 pm: Military forces are moving into place in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other Egyptian cities, as it appears that the military and the opposition have struck a deal.