In the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution, General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said that the army’s interference in public life sets back the country by 30 or 40 years. There is some irony in that statement today, given his role as the leader of the coup which toppled President Mohamed Morsi, and the fact that the people of Chile have just commemorated the 40th anniversary of Augusto Pinochet‘s coup against President Salvador Allende.
Comparisons have already been made between the two coups in the past week or so. On the face of it, Pinochet’s was less of a surprise given the changes to Chile that Allende was proposing.
Mohammed Morsi, however, was not a communist…
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