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An update on the crisis in Egypt

July 9, 2013

Guests: Kevin Connolly, Daniel Kurtzer, Tarek Masoud

After government security forces in Egypt yesterday killed dozens of protestors in Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood responded with a call for national uprising against the newly-installed military government. The announcement is an indication of just how divided and violent the nation has become since former President Mohammed Morsi was deposed last week. Morsi’s supporters are refusing to recognize the interim president until another election can take place and the new president and varied political parties have yet to agree on a prime minister. All this leaves the troubled nation without a government as the economy declines further and crime and political unrest increases. We’ll get an update on the crisis from BBC Middle East correspondent KEVIN CONNOLLY who was in Egypt over the weekend. Then we’ll turn to DANIEL KURTZER, Princeton professor and former Ambassador to Egypt and Israel, and Harvard’s TAREK MASOUD for perspective on what this all means for Egyptians and the region and for U.S. Middle East policy.

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