Egypt Day 4: Military Coupe Underway
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Egypt Day 4: Military Coupe Underway
Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 9:02 pm
DAY 4 TIMELINE OF EVENTS


CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is bracing for a showdown Wednesday as a military deadline looms for embattled President Mohammed Morsi to meet the demands of millions of protesters or face intervention by the army. With the clock ticking down, thousands of Egyptians are taking to the streets as they have since Sunday to call for Morsi’s ouster, while the president’s supporters are also staging mass rallies as they vow to defend him.

Here are some key events from more than two years of turmoil and transition:

Jan. 25-Feb. 11, 2011 — Egyptians stage nationwide demonstrations against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds of protesters are killed as Mubarak and his allies try to crush the uprising.


Feb. 11 — Mubarak steps down and turns power over to the military. The military dissolves parliament and suspends the constitution, meeting two key demands of protesters.

March 19 — In the first post-Mubarak vote, Egyptians cast ballots on constitutional amendments sponsored by the military. The measures are overwhelmingly approved.

Oct. 9 — Troops crush a protest by Christians in Cairo over a church attack, killing more than 25 protesters.

Nov. 28, 2011-Feb 15, 2012 — Egypt holds multistage, weekslong parliamentary elections. In the lawmaking lower house, the Muslim Brotherhood wins nearly half the seats, and ultraconservative Salafis take another quarter. The remainder goes to liberal, independent and secular politicians. In the largely powerless upper house, Islamists take nearly 90 percent of the seats.

May 23-24, 2012 — The first round of voting in presidential elections has a field of 13 candidates. Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under Mubarak, emerge as the top two finishers, to face each other in a runoff.

June 14 — The Supreme Constitutional Court orders the dissolving of the lower house of parliament.

June 16-17 — Egyptians vote in the presidential runoff between Morsi and Shafiq. Morsi wins with 51.7 percent of the vote.

June 30 — Morsi takes his oath of office.

Aug. 12 — Morsi orders the retirement of the top Mubarak-era leadership of the military.

Nov. 19 — Members of liberal parties and representatives of Egypt’s churches withdraw from the 100-member assembly writing the constitution, protesting attempts by Islamists to impose their will.

Nov. 22 — Morsi unilaterally decrees greater powers for himself, giving his decisions immunity from judicial review and barring the courts from dissolving the constituent assembly and the upper house of parliament. The move sparks days of protests.

Nov. 30 —Islamists in the constituent assembly rush to complete the draft of the constitution. Morsi sets a Dec. 15 date for a referendum.

Dec. 4 — More than 100,000 protesters march on the presidential palace, demanding the cancellation of the referendum and the writing of a new constitution. The next day, Islamists attack an anti-Morsi sit-in, sparking street battles that leave at least 10 dead.

Dec. 15, Dec. 22 — In the two-round referendum, Egyptians approve the constitution, with 63.8 percent voting in favor. Turnout is low.

Dec. 29 — The Egyptian Central Bank announces that foreign reserves — drained to $15 billion from $36 billion in 2010 — have fallen to a ‘‘critical minimum’’ and tries to stop a sharp slide in the value of the Egyptian pound. It now stands at just over 7 to the dollar, compared to 5.5 to the dollar in 2010.

Jan. 25, 2013 — Hundreds of thousands hold protests against Morsi on the 2-year anniversary of the start of the revolt against Mubarak, and clashes erupt in many places.

Feb.-March 2013 — Protests rage in Port Said and other cities for weeks, with dozens more dying in clashes.

April 7 — A Muslim mob attacks the main cathedral of the Coptic Orthodox Church as Christians hold a funeral and protest there over four Christians killed in sectarian violence the day before. Pope Tawadros II publicly blames Morsi for failing to protect the building.

May 7 — Morsi reshuffles his Cabinet. Officials say the changes aim to finalize long-stalled negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for a crucial $4.8 billion loan, which requires reductions to fuel and food subsidies. A deal on the loan has still not been reached.

June 23 — A mob beats to death four Egyptian Shiites in a village on the outskirts of Cairo.

June 30 — Millions of Egyptians demonstrate, calling for Morsi to step down. Eight people are killed in clashes outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters.

July 1 — Large-scale demonstrations continue, and Egypt’s powerful military gives the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve their disputes, or it will impose its own solution.

July 2 — Military officials disclose main details of the army’s plan if no agreement is reached: replacing Morsi with an interim administration, canceling the Islamist-based constitution and calling elections in a year. Morsi delivers a late-night speech in which he pledges to defend his legitimacy and vows not to step down.

July 3 — Deadline for Morsi and opponents to come to agreement passes, Morsi standing firm. The military chief met with opposition and religious leaders and sent soldiers to the state TV’s newsroom in what were seen as first steps toward taking power.


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Posted by PsychTiger on 6/29 at 9:06 pm to Interception
Thanks Obama.

eta: Get your bread helmets ready!


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Posted by TheFolker on 6/29 at 9:10 pm to Interception
Was there a new video?


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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 9:13 pm to PsychTiger
A second revolution may well be in the cards. It's all going to depend on the military and how organized the secular reformers can mobilize. Morsi, appears to be trying to consolidate power much like Mubarak did and allow his party (Muslim Brotherhood) to fill in the important post.

In the meantime, the unemployment amongst the youth is continuing to increase and Egypt's financial problems continue to linger. Right now, the west is holding it together for Morsi financially but with crime and other domestic problems bubbling its starting to look shaky in Egypt. The protest are going to be closely watched Sunday.


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Posted by Quentin Compson on 6/29 at 9:20 pm to Interception
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revolution
Not the right word. Like all radical revolutions, it will replace one beast with another. This is very easy to do in a Muslim country.



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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 9:22 pm to Quentin Compson
LINK

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The identity of the American citizen killed in Friday’s protests in Cairo has been released to the public. Andrew Driscoll Pochter was a 21-year-old college student from Maryland. He was in Egypt to teach English and improve his own Arabic.

Although the State Department advised against nonessential travel to the country on Friday, Pochter was already in Cairo when the protests began. He was allegedly watching the protests when he was stabbed by a participant. Read more at The Washington Post.


Jeez-us Christ



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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 9:25 pm to Quentin Compson
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Not the right word. Like all radical revolutions, it will replace one beast with another. This is very easy to do in a Muslim country.


Mubarak was a great ally to the US and Middle East peace. American ideals get in the way of pragmatism in our foreign policy. We need to grow the frick up.



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Posted by Tigerlaff on 6/29 at 9:28 pm to Interception
Hope Morsi doesn't use the F-22s we gave him to strafe them.

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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 9:43 pm to Tigerlaff
We control the Egyptian Military and they won't allow any bombing like that to occur. Generally the military is autonomous from domestic affairs but will step in if they have too. I don't expect Morsi to resign but open elections and reforms are going to be forced on the government or they are going to have a BIG problem on their hands.

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Posted by trackfan on 6/29 at 10:00 pm to Interception
These protestors are a bunch of poor sports. They lost the election, so now they need to wait until the next election. The 2000 U.S. Presidential election was much more controversial and questionable than the Egyptian election, but Democrats accepted the result once Al Gore conceded. To the victors goes the spoils. Deal with it Egypt.


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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 10:01 pm to Interception
Live Coverage in Cairo




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Posted by PsychTiger on 6/29 at 10:02 pm to Interception
They always have a BIG problem on their hands in that region. I honestly can't see anyway a lasting peace can be brought to the region. Too much poverty and too many centuries long blood feuds, whether between different religions, different sects of the same religion, different tribes, etc.


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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 10:03 pm to trackfan
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These protestors are a bunch of poor sports. They lost the election, so now they need to wait until the next election. The 2000 U.S. Presidential election was much more controversial and questionable than the Egyptian election, but Democrats accepted the result once Al Gore conceded. To the victors goes the spoils. Deal with it Egypt.


You really have no clue do you?

They have a theocracy being forced down their throat with this new constitution.



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Posted by PsychTiger on 6/29 at 10:05 pm to trackfan
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These protestors are a bunch of poor sports. They lost the election, so now they need to wait until the next election. The 2000 U.S. Presidential election was much more controversial and questionable than the Egyptian election, but Democrats accepted the result once Al Gore conceded. To the victors goes the spoils. Deal with it Egypt.


Just change around some of the names and events in your comment to apply it to some other middle eastern conflict you are want to post on, and we'll see how your opinion changes.



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Posted by trackfan on 6/29 at 10:44 pm to Interception
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They have a theocracy being forced down their throat with this new constitution.

A lot of folks in this country think Obamacare is being forced down their throats. A lot of women, such as Texas legislator Wendy Davis, think Christian fundamentalism is being forced down their throats. But the bottom line is that Egypt's government, Obamacare and Texas' anti-abortion laws all came about via free and fair elections. Why do you hate democracy?



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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 10:49 pm to PsychTiger
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@RichardEngel: US Embassy official confirms embassy employees who have chosen to leave began leaving today.
#egypt





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Posted by trackfan on 6/29 at 10:49 pm to PsychTiger
quote:

Just change around some of the names and events in your comment to apply it to some other middle eastern conflict you are want to post on, and we'll see how your opinion changes.

If you're talking about Israel, there's a huge difference. All Egyptians have an opportunity to participate in Egyptian elections, but Palestinians have never been allowed to participate in Israeli elections despite the fact that they pay taxes to it. The day that Israel grants equal rights to the Palestinians will be the day that I become a fan of Israel.



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Posted by BBONDS25 on 6/29 at 10:50 pm to trackfan
To the victor goes the spoils? Guess that doesn't apply to Israel.


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Posted by BBONDS25 on 6/29 at 10:52 pm to trackfan
How you feel about prop 8? To the victor goes the spoils?


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Posted by Interception on 6/29 at 10:52 pm to trackfan
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A lot of folks in this country think Obamacare is being forced down their throats. A lot of women, such as Texas legislator Wendy Davis, think Christian fundamentalism is being forced down their throats. But the bottom line is that Egypt's government, Obamacare and Texas' anti-abortion laws all came about via free and fair elections. Why do you hate democracy?


90 Seconds

Watch the video and educate yourself. I'm not going to argue with you about something you have no intention of grasping. They want real change. That's what the revolution was about, not "Sharia Law"?



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