The popularly legitimate coup took place in Egypt – and it is over. The country now needs to make sure that the conditions that led to it are not repeated – because, indeed, Egypt is far from being out of the woods.
Desire for Mursi’s departure
Mursi’s presidency is officially over – but many of the problems that led to his departure are still there, and some new ones will replace others.Dr. H.A. Hellyer
But what brought them all together was a thorough desire for Mursi to depart – and key to that desire was the absolute failure of Mursi to deliver on any reforms. The overwhelming majority of Egyptians over the past year have seen their lives get worse, not better – and they identified that as the fault of their newly elected president. Part of that is unfair – because anyone would have had a difficult time trying to sort out the slow train wreck that is Egypt’s economy – but Mursi took no steps that indicated the slightest bit of competency in redirecting that train to a better destination. Had he done so, the crowds would have been markedly smaller – in fact, they might have been too small to stimulate the military at all.