Alaa al-Aswany on why he had to support Egypt’s Military

“Somewhere between a fifth and a third of the country may still back Morsi (and some of their allies shouted down a talk Aswany recently gave in Paris, forcing him to escape through a trapdoor). And a small minority openly criticise the authoritarianism of both the Brotherhood and the army. But the vast majority of Egyptians back the military. They thank the army for saving the country from what they saw as an autocratic Islamist president who wanted to transform Egypt’s moderate national character, who bypassed legal protocols to install an Islamist-slanted constitution, and who allegedly set his own militias against protesters outside the presidential palace last December.”

Aswany:  “We don’t want the Ikhwan, and we don’t want the old regime. We want a democratic state.”

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About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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