It’s the fourth of July here which is Independence Day in the USA, except it’s only July the third there.
It’s still the third in Egypt where a full military coup has ousted President President Mohamed Mursi.
Egypt’s army deployed tanks and troops close to the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday after a military deadline for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to yield to street protests passed without any agreement.
Mursi’s national security adviser said a military coup was under way as armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met political, religious and youth leaders.
Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website that the army told President Mohamed Mursi at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) that he was no longer head of state. It quoted a presidential source.
Meanwhile the state news agency MENA said they would make a joint announcement of a roadmap for a new transitional period and new elections two years after the overthrow of autocratic ex-president Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising. . .
Hopes were high that the Arab Spring would bring democracy, and prosperity, to Egypt.
Two years later those hopes have yet to be realised.
Happy Independence USA.
Good luck Egypt.