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Middle East

Unrest in Egypt

Mohammed Morsi's ousting by the military was welcomed by most, but Egypt's future is uncertain. The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are at loggerheads with those supporting the army.

The army has played a vital role in Egypt since it overthrew King Farouk in 1952. It also helped topple Hosni Mubarak in 2011 at the height of the Arab Spring uprisings.

Since they ousted Morsi on Wednesday evening, the armed forces have arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood as part of a crackdown against Egypt's Islamist movement.

Despite its assurances that a new government will include Islamic as well as other parties, many Egyptians are torn between support for an army that opposes Islamist rule and mistrust of its show of force.

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