January 29, 2013

EGYPT: In Port Said, new opposition to Egypt’s Morsi. “Many of the men and women who chanted for Morsi’s execution in the tense and battle-scarred streets of Port Said on Monday said that in last summer’s presidential election, they actually voted for the man. That the city turned so vehemently against him with a single court verdict underscores Morsi’s increasing vulnerability, and suggests that others could just as easily shift their favor — potentially altering the nature of Egypt’s political divide and bringing new threats to the country’s already tenuous stability and rapidly sinking economy. . . . The stakes are high. Egyptian Army Chief Abdel Fatah al-Sissi warned Tuesday of the ‘collapse of the state’ if the crisis continues.”