WASHINGTON — The U.S. has finally approved the new rule of the interim government of Egypt, which was put into power by the Egyptian military.
Reuters reports that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is gearing up for another fight after the announcement, which was when the U.S. said Egypt’s military had been “restoring democracy” in their country.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is busy trying to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and has not put Egypt in his immediate list of priorities. This was demonstrated when the Obama administration considered sending F-16 jets to the Egyptian government when run by the Muslim Brotherhood. But, when the interim government took over, that offer was withdrawn.
The international media has blamed the Egyptian military for violence, but has ignored what the Muslim Brotherhood-led government had done within the past year.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader, Mohammed Morsi, was elected president of Egypt after the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak. But, Morsi enraged the country with several unprecedented moves and divisive rhetoric. He tried to grab power away from the judiciary and declare his word as final, which led to widespread protests and a strike by the judiciary in addition to curfews.
The country’s economy has not improved during Morsi’s presidency, and when millions of Egyptians flooded the streets to protest his rule, the Egyptian military took their side and gave Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum. Morsi was then deposed and taken into custody where he remains for the time being.
The Egyptian military has planned to put an end to Muslim Brotherhood vigils that threaten the stability of the country, in addition to putting out arrest warrants for senior Muslim Brotherhood officials for inciting violence. The military has put into place a six-month election window for the country to transfer power as quickly as possible.