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'Egypt could become next Syria', Middle Eastern countries react to new government

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'Egypt could become next Syria', Middle Eastern countries react to new government


As Egypt confronts a fragile new reality with a president ousted just one year into office, and only two years after an uprising against the previous leader, the reactions in the Middle East region range from congratulations to caution.

Michael Stephens, a researcher, with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in Qatar said: “The Emirates in particular for a long period of time have been incredibly strongly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood. So for them, this is seen as a victory. For Qatar, on the other hand, its seen almost as a defeat.They have supported the Muslim Brotherhood government and so what would seem is victory for Qatar when Mohamed Mursi came to power has turned against them quite quickly.”

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad has refused to deal with the new interim government, sparking fears of resistance.

“The Muslim Brotherhood may resort to violence, just like what happened in Syria. It is possible that will happen in Egypt,” explained Hossein Moghadam, a former Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander.

With ex-leader Mursi in detention, fresh elections are scheduled to happen within 12 months. In Turkey, analysts say the sooner the better. Veysel Ayhan of the International Middle East Peace Research Center told us: “It must happen within a short time period, because without an elected government, an elected prime minister and ministers, you can’t govern Egypt with the military.”

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