ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Egypt: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Heaping irony upon irony, three weeks after protesters cheered the military for ousting Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, the new strongman, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on people to take to the streets in a show of support for him to defeat “violence and potential terrorism”. And taking the large crowds that gathered in Tahrir Square as a mandate to crush supporters of the democratically elected president, the army launched a massacre of Morsi loyalists at their Cairo sit-in on 27 June.

Much has been written about President Morsi’s overreach for power despite having secured only 51.7% of the vote in a run-off against a factotum of the old regime, Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak. But perhaps his biggest failure was not to neutralise the country’s coercive apparatus, laughably called its security services.

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