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Two years after military coup: How stable is Egypt?

It has been two years since President Mohamed Morsi was removed in a coup following protests.

June 30 is a defining date in Egypt’s troubled post-revolutionary transition.

It was the date that Mohamed Morsi was inaugurated as president in 2012. And it was the same day, one year later, that millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand his resignation.

Many of the protesters felt that Morsi had failed to lead Egypt, and that it was time for a change.

But the June 30 protests would have far-reaching consequences. When defence minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stepped in to depose Morsi a few days later, an era began that many say has returned Egypt to the worst excesses of military rule.

Since then, violence has been a daily occurrence, with the top judiciary figure assassinated on Monday. And mass death sentences have been used to quell any kind of dissent.

So, how has the 2013 coup changed Egypt? And is the country stable?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Tawfik Hamid – senior fellow and chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

David Hearst – editor of the Middle East Eye