Opponents of the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are celebrating the military coup. Morsi’s supporters - first and foremost the Muslim Brotherhood - feel they have been cheated of their electoral victory. The military and the interim president, Adly Mansour, have announced a roadmap for new elections. But agreement seems further away than ever, and violence on the streets is escalating.
Dozens of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes in front of the headquarters of the Republican Guard in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood and the influential Salafist Nour party are boycotting talks on forming a new government.
They are furious and distrustful of the coup against the country’s first democratically elected president, who comes from their ranks.
Morsi’s opponents accuse him of authoritarianism and steering the country towards an Islamist dictatorship. They defend the military’s intervention.
But the military also has its own interests. It controls major sectors of the economy and has never completely relinquished the reins of power since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
Positions have become entrenched. Does Morsi’s overthrow provide an opportunity for a new democratic beginning? Or has the military’s intervention destroyed the basis for a democratic dialogue and prepared the ground for civil war?
Tell us what you think: After the Coup - Egypt on the Brink
Hamed Abdel-Samad – is the son of a Sunni Imam. At the age of 23, the Egyptian national moved to Germany. He studied political science in Augsburg and English and French at Cairo University. After his studies, he taught at the Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. Since 2009, he has worked exclusively as a freelance writer and journalist. He made a name for himself as a critic of Islam. Following a public presentation in Cairo last month, in which Hamed Abdel-Samad accused the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood of promoting islamic fascism, Sheikh Assem Abdel-Maged of the Gamaa Islamija movement called for the murder of Abdel-Samad on national television.
Jan Kuhlmann – is a freelance journalist specialising in events in the Arab world. After studying History and Islamic Studies in Hamburg Jan Kuhlmann started his journalistic career at the daily Kieler Nachrichten. His work took him to the Middle East where he worked for the dpa news agency in Tel Aviv. He studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo. Back in Germany he became the Berlin Correspondent of the Rheinischen Merkur newspaper. He now works for a variety of newspapers and radio stations.
Tom Goeller – born 1958, he studied American History and Politics at the University of Bonn/ Germany. He has been a journalist for various media, among them BBC and ARD. From 1997 to 2004 he was a political analyst of international affairs with the German Weekly "Das Parlament" and the US correspondent in Washington, D.C. From November 2004 until end of 2010 he was the correspondent for Germany of the US daily “The Washington Times” and of the Egyptian monthly "Egypt Today". He now works as a freelance journalist and political analyst of US and Middle Eastern, as well as security affairs.