Local Egyptian Reacts to Removal of President Morsi

11:25 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- First, an ultimatum and now, an ousting.

The Egyptian military ousted president Mohammed Morsi Wednesday, and rallies erupted on both sides.

Millions of people filled Cairo's streets and Tahrir Square as news spread.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court has assumed the responsibilities of president. The country's first democratically elected president is reported to be under house arrest and the country's constitution has been suspended.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to an Egyptian man who now lives in Greensboro. He says the real loser here is democracy.

Yasser Abdel-Aziz was born and raised in Egypt but has lived in the United States for nearly twenty years.

He says in that time, he's seen what democracy looks like. When Egyptians held their first democratic election last year, Yasser was happy. Not necessarily because of who was elected, but how they were elected.
   
"I am concerned that we are going back, we are not a democratic country anymore," said Abdel-Aziz, owner, Cleopatra's Restaurant. "And if they elect a president tomorrow, I mean, everyone is going to look for how long is he going to last."

Abdel-Aziz was careful not comment on the politics, just the process.

Egypt is no stranger to political unrest. Just two years ago, President Mubarak was ousted after nearly 30 years as president.

The now-former president Mohammed Morsi is calling his own ousting a "full coup" by the military.
   
"This is a nature of democracy - is that you don't decide to change the president in the middle of the term because his popularity went up or went down," explained Abdel-Aziz. 

He added, "The concept of changing power peacefully is just broken and that's really a huge concern for me."

Yasser says he is just one opinion. People all over the world voiced their concerns online. There were nearly 700,000 tweets that mentioned Egypt.

It's unclear when the next presidential election will be.

The mass protests against Morsi began Sunday and since then, at least 39 people have been killed.

WFMY News 2

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