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A week of upheaval in Egyptian politics

By Simon Rushton, CNN
updated 9:12 PM EDT, Fri July 5, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mohamed Morsy started the week as president; ends it in custody
  • Military used power to break Morsy's rule after just 12 months
  • Future is uncertain but decisions will be felt regionally and globally

(CNN) -- Egyptians disillusioned with their president began protests demanding he step down on the one-year anniversary of his swearing-in ceremony.

Less than a week later, Mohamed Morsy was removed from power with the help of the military, putting Egypt on course for more pain.

Morsy still has support and his Muslim Brotherhood group is likely to still have an important role in Egypt's future. Even prominent reform figures say the Brotherhood should be part of Egypt's future.

A bus passes a destroyed pickup truck with loudspeakers that was used by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Friday, August 2. The supporters and security forces clashed in Sixth of October City in Giza, south of Cairo, after the government ordered their protest camps be broken up. Look at the latest violence in Egypt. A bus passes a destroyed pickup truck with loudspeakers that was used by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Friday, August 2. The supporters and security forces clashed in Sixth of October City in Giza, south of Cairo, after the government ordered their protest camps be broken up. Look at the latest violence in Egypt.
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Supporters vow to return Morsy to palace

But the fallout from Morsy's removal will be felt across the region, and Jane Kinninmont warned that some of the nations that cheered Morsy's downfall may change their view if it sparks people-power protests at home.

Morsy was elected president of Egypt in 2012 but went on to push a pro-Islamist agenda that angered opposition liberals, Frida Ghitis said.

Mohammed Ayoob, writing on CNN.com, argued Morsy's greatest mistakes were too much -- not too little -- accommodation of political opponents and not reining in the military's autonomy. He says some disillusioned Islamists will now likely resort to arms.

Before the protests began, CNN contributor Cynthia Schneider warned of the coming second revolution.

Millions took part calling for an end to Morsy's presidency countered by smaller -- but still large -- pro-Morsy rallies.

Morsy was given two deadlines on Monday. The opposition gave him 24 hours to quit; the military gave him 48 hours to "meet the demands of the people."

CNN's Ben Wedeman pointed out it's hard to rule Egypt without the support of the military.

And come the military's Wednesday deadline, Morsy disappeared from view -- though he was still tweeting -- as his opponents camped out in Tahrir Square until a general announced on TV that Morsy was no longer in power.

Huge cheers rang across the square. iReporters in Egypt explained their joy for the moment and their hopes for the future.

The Muslim Brotherhood railed against the military's involvement in ousting Morsy and demanded its supporters take to the streets.

Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, said Egyptians will now have to choose between secular or Islamic rule -- and that the decision will echo far beyond Egypt's borders.

In the immediate aftermath, world leaders from Iran to the United States reacted to events in Egypt and brushed up on their knowledge of the world's newest leader, interim President Adly Mansour, who until Wednesday -- when the military suspended the constitution -- was head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

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