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Feature: Morsi removed amid growing public anger

English.news.cn   2013-07-04 15:45:51            

CAIRO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- One year after he was sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi is now ousted by Egypt's armed forces on Wednesday.

Celebrations were held in Cairo's major streets and fireworks were seen above the iconic Tahrir Square after anti-Morsi protesters heard about his downfall.

The Egyptian military has announced a roadmap including suspending the Islamist-drafted constitution and forming a commission to prepare constitutional amendments.

The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court has been asked to temporarily run the country until a new president is elected.

The rise and fall of Morsi is dramtic. Elected with 51.7 percent of the vote on June 30, 2012, Morsi faced pressure to resign a year later amid massive protests across the country.

He has lost crucial support from his people as public anger grew over his failure to tackle mounting economic woes and his putting religion in front of economic reform.

"Morsi did not bring any good to my life," Mohamed Ali, a Cairo resident in his fifties, told Xinhua. "I voted for him because I hoped he would help me get rid of poverty and despair, but he only let me wait pointlessly and disappointed me again and again."

"So I decided to take to the streets," he said.

Abdulla Jamel, a waiter working at a cafe in Cairo, told Xinhua his life was like a nightmare.

"I voted for Morsi hoping for change," he said. "I expected him to lift Egypt out of chaos, corruption and unrest, but in the past year, the economy has stalled, the society has plunged in unrest and there is absolutely no change for the better in Egypt," he said.

"Morsi announced a 100-day plan to improve security, energy, environment, food subsidy and transportation," a hospital worker told Xinhua. "But he did not achieve anything after the first 100 days. Now, a year has passed. Egypt's economy is not better. There is no gas, frequent blackout, high food prices... It's even worse than Mubarak's time," he said, citing higher crime rates.

The 61-year-old Morsi was not the Muslim Brotherhood's first choice as candidate for presidency. He emerged as the new candidate only after the more charismatic Khairat El-Shater was barred from standing because of a past prison sentence.

Lacking sufficient political experience, Morsi has been used by the Brotherhood to concentrate power. Opponents accused him of failing the 2011 revolution and breaking his promise to be a "president for all Egyptians."

The president, barely a year in office, was now ousted by the same kind of popular revolt that first brought him to power in the Arab Spring.

"I'm very happy," said a woman waving the Egyptian flag and chanting slogans. "All Egyptians are extremely happy. They are looking forward to the future."

It is truly a festive moment and a historic day for Egypt. But the sudden departure of the first democratically elected president leaves the country with fresh uncertainty.

Asked about possible new presidential candidates and the country's future, many Egyptians gave blurry answers.

"No constitution? Perhaps the military will take care of everything," one Egyptian told Xinhua. "I think the future will be better."

Risks of unrest still haunt the country, which is mired in economic troubles, religious-secular tension and mob crimes.

Egyptians have already learned to take to the streets to express their anger. But it looks like real progress has yet to be made.

Editor: Mengjie
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