Death of the Pharaoh
Egypt’s President Morsi has been toppled by a military coup. John Chisholm asks how order will be restored in a deeply divided country
It is not often that an army gives seven days’ notice of a coup. Decisions like that are usually taken behind closed doors, to create maximum surprise. Not so in Egypt. Moreover, most coups employ a minority of the armed forces and the remainder, it is hoped, will simply be “non-interventionist” on the day. But this is a state where the civilian leadership is dependent on the goodwill of the military; where the President . . .