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_68542025_68542024TEMPLATE ANALYSIS

The Arab street has spoken, and the army has listened.

Now, we are seeing the aftermath: Morsi is under house arrest,  key members of the Muslim Brotherhood are being round-up, TV stations loyal to the ousted President are closed down.

An interim President is sworn in as the army says it hopes the Muslim Brotherhood will participate in a fresh electoral process.

What that exactly is, they have not said.

Commentator after commentator is now appearing on TV to say how unpopular the Muslim Brotherhood have become within a year of winning the country’s first ever national election.

Of course, this was an electoral process that had been initially created to make it near impossible for the Islamist party to win outright.

Those looking for parallels need look no further than Venezuela whose own democratically elected President, Hugo Chavez was also ousted by a coup.

He was also put under house arrest and faced the prospect of a long jail term or even death.

Then, the people who voted for him refused to accept the outcome.

They took to the streets and peacefully brought a reverse.

It’s not likely  that the Egyptian military will allow the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to do like wise.

And that means the people of Egypt making a trade – a watered down democracy in exchange for stability and the promise that things will get better.

That was, of course not what the people who first protested against the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak had taken to Tahrir Square to ask for.

(Pictured above, interim leader,  Adly Mahmud Mansour, who is the  top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court)