Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Egypt army crackdown splits Morsi opponents

The army-led ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 has fallen short of its stated goal to shield Egypt from unrest and political crisis, as the country suffered from its worst violence in decades last week.

Army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi claimed the mandate for a military crackdown on “terrorism and violence” after nationwide anti-government protests beginning on June 30 triggered Morsi’s downfall. But death tolls exceeding 1,200 since Wednesday’s bloodshed have raised concerns about Egypt’s new leadership.

Some supporters of last month’s coup have begun to express their discontentment with the army-led government, creating rifts in the “June 30 Coalition” that helped to bring down Morsi.

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