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Can the Egyptian military deliver democracy?

If the Egyptian military is to be the midwife of Egyptian democracy, it must shed its political ambitions

By Saqeb Mueen  

“The army and the people are one hand.”

Thus was the revived slogan from Tahrir Square on 30th June, first chanted by Egyptian protesters in 2011 to remove dictator Hosni Mubarak, now deployed with spectacular effect to remove Egypt’s first democratically elected President.

Since the military seized power, notionally on behalf of the Egyptian people, there has been endless debate as to whether this was a coup or…

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