Is Egypt on the Brink of Collapse?

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warns its defense minister, who said
that “[t]he ongoing conflict among the various political forces …
may lead to the collapse of the state and threaten the future of
our coming generations.”The admonition from General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, defense
minister since August and director of military intelligence under
Hosni Mubarak, comes as the latest protests in Egypt continue,
these spurred by death sentences handed down for soccer riots last
year. At least 49 were killed in protests over the weekend, with
Mohammed Morsi
declaring a state of emergency in three cities near the Suez
Canal. A few days before those protests there were
demonstrations in Cairo for the two year anniversary of the
2011 Tahrir Square protests that led to Mubarak’s overthrow. The
newest cycle of unrest began late last year, in response to Morsi
and his Muslim Brotherhood ramming
through a heavily Islamist constitution. The campaign to get
the constitution pass saw Morsi and the Islamist establishment
attempt to
demonize and delegitimize the opposition. In response, the
opposition has
rejected offers to talk by Morsi, dismissing them as not
substantive. The most recent rejection,
earlier this week, came with one former presidential candidate,
Hamdeen Sabahy, demanding that Morsi “announce his full
responsibility for the spilled blood of Egyptians.” Meanwhile,
authorities in one of the three cities in which Morsi imposed a
state of emergency have
scaled back the curfew, and the opposition appears to be
pressing advantage, extending an offer of “dialogue” themselves.
USA Today:After refusing Morsi’s calls for talks between opposing
political camps, Mohamed El Baradei, head of the National Salvation
Front – the opposition coalition – called for a broad national
dialogue with the president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party,
various ministers and other political groups in hopes to resolve
the crisis. The opposition wants Morsi to form a national unity
government and create a commission to amend contentious articles of
the Islamist-backed constitution.The increasing turmoil in Egypt cut short Morsi’s trip to
Europe, which he ended in Germany by
defending previous anti-Semitic statements he’s made, even
while a key aide called the
Holocaust a hoax perpetrated by the United States. America’s
shipment of military wares to Morsi’s Egypt, however,
appear to continue unabated.Get the latest on the situation in Egypt at
Reason 24/7.

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Is Egypt on the Brink of Collapse?

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