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But the world watching a pivotal moment for Egypt and the Middle East Egyptian president.
Mohamed Morsi declaring his word is above the rule of law.
Sidelining is nations -- is -- sparking a ferocious reaction.
From a whole lot of Egyptian so as we look back nearly two years to the popular revolution that eventually put -- -- power we ask.
Is Egypt -- -- off.
Ambassador Stuart is a former US ambassador to United Nations for special political affairs president of the meridian international center.
Are they better or worse now.
-- there in a process and president more c.'s move was clearly an overreach but where they are right now is negotiating a constitution.
Opponents of -- will say is that in shaping this new constitution they're gonna put into place in effect.
A permanent sort of dominance for the for the Muslim Brotherhood and that's why the secular.
Parties in the pro democracy.
And activists are so up in arms because they fought against the -- for many years.
And they they're very worried about a return to to tell turned -- well.
I mean isn't that what's happening here he's usurped all power he's pronounced these.
In -- Bolden -- pharaoh of Egypt is Mohamed ElBaradei and others.
Are calling -- and you saw the reaction tens of thousands have taken to the streets to denounce -- even burning the offices in the Muslim Brotherhood into cities.
Where do you see this going ambassador.
Well there was broad support for Mubarak's ouster and then I think many people in the streets of Cairo and in Egypt think that.
The former regime.
Got off lightly but that said I think there's a widespread feeling that.
They're entering a new phase in which the the fundamental institutions and that the democratic protections that they fought for in jeopardy.
And that's why -- -- needs to step forward and say.
In any new constitution.
This these checks and balances that are so important need to be maintained and there's not going to be a continuation -- well.
I wonder if he's gonna do that -- go the opposite direction it -- I mean could it be the goal.
Of the Muslim Brotherhood and more -- attorney jet into a very austere.
Repressive hardline Islamist state.
Governed by sure real law and maybe this is merely the first inauspicious.
Boy -- certainly a long term goal the question -- in the short term again with Morsi with his -- found standing on the international stage.
If he's Smart he's going to play again.
This for the for the consolidation of his power but not overstepped those bounds but think the important thing.
Is to look at the constitution and look at what's in there and make sure that.
Minority party is the secular parties in the Democrat democratic principles are protected.
-- do they stand a chance in the opposition are judges lawyers human rights groups.
But -- they stand a chance of stop bullying stopping -- the Muslim Brotherhood especially if their goal is this structure real law.
Well you know they've got a hold them accountable and they've got to was engaged the the allies of Egypt have to engage.
And make sure that this.
You know doesn't cross the line and I think that the people are watching closely and and as you can see from the streets of of Cairo that they're not gonna take its standing -- -- ambassador.
You know the timing of this.
Would appear to be embarrassing for president -- Obama having one day after his administration was heaping praise on -- for mediating the Israeli Hamas cease fire.
What I mean instead of silence should President Obama now condemn this.
In the strongest of terms.
And may be threatened to withhold billions in aid in less.
More scenes were can't.
It's why do you think you're gonna have to see some sort of climb down on this position to guarantee that there's not going to be this wholesale power grab and I think the administration's gonna be watching closely.
Up till now they've been somewhat muted on it and I think they're going to have to as Senator McCain.
Mentioned that they're gonna have to take a harder line but understand that this is a process that's unfolding it's it's about the constitution and that's going to be a critical.
Well Senator John McCain set out to tweet reading you hear president Morrissey should renounce his power grab.
Before things get out of hand well one of the things McCain and others in the senate can do.
Rip up the purse strings here I mean Egypt will get almost ten billion from the IMF the EU in the United States we could withhold the money we could stop it -- with.
Wolf the IMF money has been agreed upon I think some four for half billion dollars -- -- the US assistance.
You know -- of course is is under congressional authority a lot of -- -- to military.
And I think the military is what has had a long our relationship with the United States -- be -- into.
See what they feel about these changes well.
The military in the ministry of the interior is the only thing Morrissey hasn't taken over yet so wait and see ambassador -- -- thank you.
holiday for being with us thank you very much.
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