Egypt announces its interim government, and scores are killed in protest. While Egypt’s ousted government was led by fundamental Islamists, its new government excludes members of all fundamental religious parties.
The new cabinet is headed up by one of Egypt’s most prominent economists. Analysts praised the diversity in those selected, believing the cabinet is well qualified to tackle Egypt’s economic crisis.
But, while hopeful, we must remember that the new government has been formed by the military and elections must be held to ensure Egypt’s fledgling democratic legitimacy.
Millions continue to protest the military actions and denounce the legitimacy of the new government. Islamist supporters of the deposed government have clashed with Egyptian riot police. More than 60 have been killed, hundreds injured, and thousands arrested.