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Egypt: Democracy recedes

The military coup might be popular now, but the army's grip may not loosen any time soon

By Saqeb Mueen  

Crowds in Tahrir Square following Hosni Mubarak's resignation in 2011 (Image: Jonathan Rashad)

Now that the military has overthrown President Mohammed Morsi in what seems to be – for the moment at least  – a bloodless and popular coup, is the Arab Spring over? Democracy has certainly been undermined and though the military and its secular liberal backers insist that there will be early elections, one thing is clear: the military will be the ultimate arbiter in Egyptian politics for a very long time.

Morsi’s critics will argue that…

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