Mohamed Mursi was removed from the office of President of The Arab Republic of Egypt on 3 July 2013. With just over fifty-one percent of the votes cast in his favor, the fifty-one percent of eligible voters who decided to participate in the ballot elected Morsi on 24 June 2012 in the first democratic election for president Egypt has held. After one year of divisive politics and dwindling resources protests were organized to demand he step down from office which resulted in the Egyptian Armed Forces seizing control and establishing an interim authority on 3 July 2013.
The transition authority
Adly Mansour, the interim President of Egypt appointed by the Egyptian Armed Forces, is the administrative head of government. Hazem El-Beblawi has been declared acting premier of the transitional legislative cabinet. The third entity of a truly Republican democracy is the judicial branch which was weakened and gutted by legislative decree during the Morsi term as president.
What concerns me is the talk of "peaceful" protests leading to deaths and injuries. According to the African Arguments website article I was reading this morning, "Unlike Tunisia, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood failed to involve their competitors in the democratic process. This made it easy for their opponents to unite against them, to mobilize the streets, and thus, gave an alibi to the army in its intervention."
There is a cash reserves crisis, dwindling food security, and fuel supplies shortage in Egypt. The United Arab Emirates have floated a three billion aid package to Egypt, and the Sa'udi are planning on five billion dollars; in the form of bank deposits, cash, and fuel supplies. It is to be hoped that this will help the interim authority avert a national meltdown in Egypt while the transition from military control takes place.