The Moslem Brotherhood, moved too quickly for many Egyptians since ex-president Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration (above left), when he fired/retired top military officers and tried to make Morsi a 21st century Pharaoh above all laws with unchallengeable personal decrees. His new military appointed officers ousted him in a July 3, 2013 coup, released his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, from prison and imprisoned Morsi, now awaiting three trials in an Alexandria prison, one of which involves a 2011 prison break and life sentence.
The judiciary went on strike and ordinary Egyptians protested and rioted across the country, burning Moslem Brotherhood (now outlawed as a terrorist organization) offices in many cities. With December 15 & 22, 2012 referendum voting, Morsi’s party rammed through a new draft constitution ignoring secular interests. The army’s January, 2014 referendum gave the country a new secular constitution.
The army general who led the coup, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, (above right) is expected to run for president in the July, 2014 presidential elections prior to parliamentary elections.
After an army warning of intervention again, ex-president Morsi on December 8, 2012 withdrew his decrees giving himself nearly unlimited and unchallengeable powers. But protests continued regarding the draft constitution referendum and Morsi called in army tanks for protection with arrest powers against protestors. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood took over the Egyptian revolution in 2012 as the Bolsheviks took over the Russian revolution in 1917.