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article imageElBaradei: Egyptian military coup is the right thing to do

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 5, 2013 in World
Mohamed ElBaradei called the military's ousting of President Mohamed Morsi the right thing for the country. He said “We cannot afford Egypt to fail. Nobody can afford Egypt to fail," and criticized Morsi for not governing for all Egyptians.
Defiant Egyptian Islamists held large demonstrations after midday prayers Friday to mobilize support for deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, a day after Morsi and dozens of his Muslim Brotherhood loyalists were detained. As helicopters circled and jets streaked over Cairo in a show of force from the nation’s powerful military, Islamist officials, who until earlier this week controlled Egypt’s government, launched a nationwide “day of resistance” against what they called a coup.
But Mohamed ElBaradei, considered the leader of the opposition, insists the military's move is not a coup. "Either we risk a civil war or ... take extra constitutional measures to ensure that we keep the country together," he said, explaining the military's conundrum. "This is a recall, and it is nothing novel."
The election that Morsi won was fairly free, ElBaradei acknowledged. "Then, unfortunately, the president messed up," he said. "When you end up with 20 million people in the street, of the state of mind that he needs to go and he needs to go now, it's a sad state." The diplomat said Morsi's departure will serve as a "reset," so Egypt can start over in forming a constitution and putting together an inclusive government.
King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia was one of the first Arab leaders to congratulate Egypt’s caretaker President Adly Mansour, even before he was sworn in on Thursday. King Abdullah banned the Muslim Brotherhood, although both are Sunni, because the Brotherhood says monarchy has no place in Islam, and has long sought to overthrow the royal family to turn Saudi Arabia into an Islamic republic. The late Hafez al-Assad spent most of his years in leadership hunting down and massacring Muslim Brotherhood groups in Syria for their challenge to his power.
Meanwhile, the African Union suspended Egypt’s membership, saying Morsi’s removal falls under the organization’s doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government. “We will have our legitimate president, or we will die as martyrs,” said Mohamed Abu el-Makatem, an agronomist who traveled from Alexandria to the mosque in Cairo to attend the demonstrations. He said he did not expect an assault by the army but was worried about “thugs and police.”
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