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As Millions Celebrate Morsi's Overthrow in Egypt, Five Things You Need Know About What Led to this Revolt

The military has taken over, installed an interim president, and placed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders under arrest.

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America’s continued ties to the military has allowed the U.S. to retain influence in the Egyptian government. At the same time, they have engaged the Muslim Brotherhood-led regime . This has enraged the protesters on the street, who see the U.S. as having a hand in Morsi’s power grabs and continued rule. This makes for an ironic situation: the Egyptian protesters who once saw the U.S. as keeping Mubarak in power now see the U.S. as backing Morsi, the leader of a movement bitterly opposed to Mubarak.

The U.S. has not showed its hand directly in the current Egyptian crisis. Publicly, officials have said that the U.S. does not favor one political side over another in Egypt. They have stressed to Morsi that the protesters must be allowed to demonstrate peacefully.

But CNN reported yesterday that the U.S. has essentially sided with Egypt’s military, and told Morsi that new elections should be announced. While the U.S. has also warned against a direct military takeover, the officials who spoke to CNN made clear that America is supporting the military’s ultimatum. While U.S. law dictates that aid can't flow to a coup government, the State Department has so far refused to characterize the military intervention as a coup. 

 

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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