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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Egypt's unrest

  Tom Wheeler
Video © Polity.org.za/ Nicholas Boyd, Darlene Creamer
At the beginning of July, millions of Egyptians marched to demand that Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi resign. He was overthrown by the military on 3 July 2013 and the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was installed as interim president. Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist became interim prime minister to govern under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections could be held in the next six months.

Ambassador Tom Wheeler, a SAIIA research associate, speaks to Polity.org.za about to give some perspectives on what these changes in Egypt and what some of the geo-political implications are for the strategically important North African nation.