Egypt Army’s Coup Ousts Mohamed Morsi

Egypt Army's Coup Ousts Mohamed MorsiEgypt’s military toppled the country’s first democratically elected president Wednesday night and reportedly put him under house arrest while rounding up some of his top supporters even as the deposed Mohamed Morsi insisted that he remains the country’s legitimate leader.

‘Parliamentary elections’

Adly Mansour, head of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, will replace Morsi as Egypt’s interim president, Egypt’s top military officer, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi said. Mansour was expected to be sworn in on Thursday.

The country’s constitution has been suspended, and Mansour will “establish a government that is a strong and diverse,” said El-Sisi, head of the country’s armed forces. New parliamentary elections will be held, and Mansour will have the power to issue constitutional declarations in the meantime, he said.

‘Guarantee our freedoms’

Morsi was elected president in June 2012. But his approval ratings have plummeted as his government has failed to keep order or revive Egypt’s economy. The chaos, including open sexual assaults on women in Egypt’s streets, has driven away tourists and investors, while opponents say Morsi’s rule was increasingly authoritarian.

“The road map guarantees achieving the principal demand of the Egyptian people — having early presidential elections through an interim period through which the constitution will be amended,” he said. “So all of us build it together and agree on a democratic constitution, so we can guarantee our freedoms.”

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Source: Ben Wedeman. Reza Sayah and Matt Smith | CNN

Image: Pat Dollard

Pakistani Politician Rally Draws Thousands

Thousands of supporters rallied Sunday behind cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, who said he wanted to root out corruption and ensure rich and poor alike prosper in Pakistan. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party rallied in Karachi, where Khan, 59, said he wanted to make economic and tax reforms.

Standing with him amid party banners and Pakistani flags were career politicians who recently switched to Khan’s party.  Speaking in cricket terms, Khan said, “One more wicket fell today — as Pakistan People’s Party member Sardar Assef Ahmed has joined the PTI.” Ahmed is a former minister of education. Khan said if elected prime minister next year, he would bring a team that would help transform Pakistan into a welfare state and ensure equality.

Khan also is an opponent of U.S. drone strikes in his country. The opposition politician also spoke of agricultural reforms, promising free seeds and discounted fertilizer for farmers. Khan said a Chinese company wanted to bring a $19 billion dollar investment to Pakistan, but did not because of concerns over security.

Although he appears to be gaining traction, Khan’s party has seen little success in the past. During previous parliamentary elections, Khan’s party failed to win any seats; many within the country have referred to him as a man who changes positions.

Pakistan’s next national elections are in 2013.