Egyptian democracy and the role of the military


The prospect of military intervention in Egypt is being met with celebration and nervousness. The military that long-opposed free elections has emerged from the shadows threatening to save them, perhaps by forcing the government out. We parse that paradox today with voices from Egypt and abroad.

CBC News' Middle East Correspondent, Derek Stoffel

Egyptian military helicopters dangled national flags as they barnstormed over Tahrir Square yesterday delighting the protesters below. For the demonstrators, it was a bold show of solidarity.

Egyptian military's full statement warning it may act in 48 hours -- Washington Post

Millions of Egyptians are furious with the presidency of Mohamed Morsi. And Egypt's powerful military supports the protests -- giving the President 48 hours to respond to the demonstrators demands. Some kind of military intervention seems inevitable, whether Egyptians like it or not.

The CBC's Derek Stoffel is covering this story in Cairo. That's where we reached him.

Political Activist, Ahmad Shokr

While many protesters are delighted the military is publicly taking a stick to Egyptian politics, it's not as if they don't know the dangers.

Political activist Ahmad Shokr has joined the millions choking the streets to protest the Morsi government. He joined us from Cairo.

Lake Forest College Professor, Ghada Talhami

Our next guest believes Egyptians don't need to be overly fretful of the military involvement in their government. Ghada Talhami is the D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics emerita at Lake Forest College in Chicago.

We did request interviews with the Muslim Brotherhood, but no-one was available to speak with us.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Vanessa Greco.

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