unhappy bedfellows

Morsi, Military Clashes Led to Coup

Egyptian Presidency/AP, file

In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, speaks with Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, at a military base in Ismailia, Egypt.

By now we’re all aware they weren’t friends, but Egyptian military had apparently drawn up a plan as early as April to take control of the country’s security if street violence escalated. An investigation by the Associated Press has found that throughout Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s year in office, relations with the military had been tense. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, head of Egypt’s military, believed the first civilian president was steering the country toward disaster, and directly defied his orders at least twice while planning for months to take more political control. After clandestinely working with an activist group called Tamarod, which hoped to oust the president, al-Sisi gave Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum and finally enacted the overthrow on July 3.