I think Morsi’s vision of an Islamic paradise by the Nile isn’t panning out as he promised.
The Egyptian military has warned that it is prepared to step in should the nationwide demonstrations expected this week descend into chaos.
A statement from General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the nation’s bickering political factions to forge consensus ahead of the protests.
“The will of the Egyptian nation is what governs us and we protect it with honour,” said Mr Al-Sisi.
Huge numbers of people are expected to demonstrate in cities across Egypt this weekend to demand the resignation of Mohamed Morsi, prompting fears that the country will face further unrest,
Despite the expectation for mass marches on Sunday 30 June – exactly one year after Mr Morsi was elected – nobody appears certain about what might unfold over the following days.
In what counts as a substantial political gamble, most of the major opposition figures have lined up behind the protests. Many of Mr Morsi’s Islamist allies have vowed to fight any attempt to remove him by force, and are incensed at what they see as an illegitimate attempt to undermine Mr Morsi’s democratic election last year.
And a bit of background information from Joshuapundit that offers an explanation of the military’s motivation:
Remember that the Egyptian Army is not like our army…it’s more like a state within a state. It owns private businesses, factories, property, even farmland, often staffed by army recruits who work at non-military jobs for army wages. A good part of the $1.5 billion in aid Egypt gets from us in military aid goes to fund these enterprises.
As the economy spirals out of control, the financial assets of the army are taking a huge hit.That’s an important motivation behind what al-Sissi had to say. He is warning Morsi and the Brotherhood to focus less on implementing sharia and more on managing Egypt’s economy.