In the most ironic development of the day, Syria has called for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to step down in response to popular protest.
Yes, the same Syria that has been involved in a two-year brutal suppression of its own popular uprising, a civil war that has claimed 100,000 lives and sparked a global crisis. That Syria.
Via the Associated Press, “Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi says the only way Egypt can overcome its crisis is if President Mohammed Morsi realizes that the overwhelming majority of the Egyptian people reject his presence and want him out.” Al-Zoubi went on to call the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist” organization and a “U.S. tool.”
The AP indicated that Syria may be less concerned for Morsi’s legitimacy and more offended at his move to shutter Egypt’s embassy in Damascus and sever ties with the Syrian government, which doesn’t exactly have allies coming out of its pockets.
Morsi was elected last summer after defeating a candidate linked to deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. Since then, he has been swarmed by plagued of despotism, including allowing the Muslim Brotherhood dominating influence over the government and immuring his office from judicial review. Morsi has remained defiant in face of a military-imposed deadline on Wednesday, but wants for popular or systematic support.
[h/t Associated Press]
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