Egypt marks the fourth anniversary of the ouster of Islamists

© RIA Novosti / Valery Customizati in fotomania of the Nile. Archival photoEgypt marks the fourth anniversary of the ouster of Islamists© RIA Novosti / Valery Customizati the image Bank

Egypt on Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the start of mass anti-government protests that have led to the ouster of the ruling only one year of President-Islamist Mohammed Mursi; a native of the now-banned Association «Muslim brotherhood» was accused that he puts the interests of this international Islamic organization above the interests of the state and pulls the country back to the middle ages.

A few days after the start of the protests, the Egyptian army, which was headed by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted President Mursi and announced a transition period. Supporters of Morsi held mass protests demanding his return to the presidency. As a result of riots and clashes killed hundreds of Egyptians.

Mass demonstrations with the requirement to remove Morsi that began on June 30, 2013, called «revolution» in Egypt today is a public day off.

RIA Novosti interviewed the Egyptian experts believe that the adopted four years ago was justified and helped the country to avoid more serious turmoil. According to experts, it proves the fact that the initial sharp criticism of the West the actions of the Egyptian military eventually gave way to recognition and support.

The West no longer condemns

When the Egyptian army had informed Mohammed Morsi that he is no longer President, and put him and all the high-ranking Islamists in custody, thousands of their supporters in protest occupied the square in Cairo, refusing to leave until the restoration of an elected head of state in office. The symbol of the protests has become an area of Rabia al-Adawiya where he was hiding, including some of the leaders of the organization «Muslim brotherhood». And not being able to negotiate with the Islamists, security forces took the area by storm, hundreds of Mursi supporters were killed, injured or detained by security forces.

The U.S. and the European Union condemned the removal of President and erupted in Egypt, violence has threatened to review economic cooperation, the programme of assistance to the official Cairo. Even the African Union has temporarily suspended the membership of Egypt in the organization.

Saved from destruction, ensured the development of

«Four years later, everyone realized that the June 30 revolution saved Egypt from total destruction of the state, returned to Egypt credibility in the international arena,» — said the expert on international relations Centre for strategic studies, «al-Ahram» said al-Avindy.

In an interview with RIA Novosti expert expressed the opinion that in the foreign policy of Egypt became stronger. «President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pays special attention to development of cooperation with African countries, where previously Egypt was presented very poorly. Egypt is trying to diversify its relations in the international arena and maintains close relations along with such countries as Russia and the USA», — he said.

Inside the country, according to al-Avendi, the authorities can burn itself into an asset, the development of road networks, housing and the distribution of it among the poor, the reclamation of new land, increase of wages and pensions.

The expert noted that the main challenges remain: improving living standards, fighting rising prices, increasing efficiency in public services.

There was no choice

The secret of change the West’s position towards the Egyptian revolution 30 June 2013 is that people in the West realize that the events developed in the right direction, said the adviser to the High military Academy named after Gamal Abdel Nasser Mahmoud Khalaf.

«Had no choice but to accept this revolution, to cooperate with the Egyptian leadership, which was elected by the Egyptians after the overthrow of the «Muslim Brothers», — the expert said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Stability in an unstable world

According to Khalaf, after the June 30 revolution, Egypt has managed to stabilize the security situation in the country, to successfully counter terrorism inside the country and in neighboring States. «The amount of achievements after the revolution are obvious, Egypt is moving forward. All countries face challenges in the modern unstable world, even such as Russia, USA, China, the European Union. Egypt successfully opposed challenges, was able to assert its role in the region, working on stability domestically and in neighbouring States, for example, in Libya,» — said the expert.

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