Egyptian protest 'not going to last'

Friday, November 30, 2012
Chad Groening (

A national defense activist and expert on the Middle East doesn't think protesters will successfully quell Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's power grab.

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) has rejected Morsi's claim that it is working to bring down his government. The court opposes the decree Morsi made last week that put him, the lower house of parliament, and the constituent assembly above judicial review. Both bodies are dominated by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

The court decided in June to dissolve parliament's lower chamber, also dominated by Islamists. It is due to rule Sunday on the legality of the upper chamber and the panel writing the constitution -- a main focus of the dispute between Morsi and the opposition.


The president's decree has set off a wave of unrest across Egypt, including a 200,000-strong demonstration in Cairo, that ACT! for America's Brigitte Gabriel says does not represent the two-thirds majority of the Egyptians who supported Morsi's candidacy.

"The sad thing is the moderates who really took to the streets in the beginning of the revolution thinking if we just get rid of Mubarak, we're going to be able to maybe establish a democracy in Egypt -- they started their revolution with good intention; their revolution was taken by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists," Gabriel laments.

"Right now, those demonstrating on the streets are basically the minority of the people who are trying their last scream on the world stage, trying to basically take back what they feel they lost in the Islamic revolution. It's not going to last."

As long as Morsi does not upset the Egyptian military, the ACT! for America president suspects that he should be able to hold on to power.

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