Sudden Turnaround in Egypt

    Army soldiers, background, guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Since the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, suddenly life is getting better: police are back on the streets, long gas lines have disappeared, and electricity cuts are a thing of the past. The turnaround was so quick, in fact, that many suspect the difficult conditions that preceded the overthrow were part of a plot to undermine Morsi, directed by sympathizers of former dictator Hosni Mubarak whom Morsi left in place after he was elected. Members of Egypt’s old establishment, some close to Mubarak and to top generals, also organized and financed groups that participated in the overthrow of Morsi last week.

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