Middle East

Press alarm over Egypt overthrow

A rally in support of the ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi
Image caption The Muslim Brotherhood have refused to work with the newly-installed interim president of Egypt

Newspapers across the world have reacted with concern to the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Many commentators argue that he failed to live up to popular expectations and had to go.

But others believe that President Morsi's removal worsens divisions in Egypt. In China, state-run press stresses the need for stability, arguing that Western-style democracy is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

And a Pakistani daily says that the coup in Egypt sends a powerful warning to Islamist rulers worldwide.

Pan-Arab nationalist daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi:

"Egypt is still in a state of division two days after the military coup... The split is clear as millions of Egyptians are celebrating the overthrow of a regime which they say neither honoured its pledges nor accomplished anything, while other silent millions are still in a state of shock. They support the ousted president and the Islamic movement in general."

Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat:

"Muhammad Morsi and his clique miserably failed in reading the Egyptian political scene realistically and accurately... Morsi, the ruler of the largest Arab country, had a chance for historical greatness. He came to power through elections and democracy, but he never ruled the way he came to power."

Private, pro-government Saudi newspaper Al-Watan:

"The recent events in Egypt do not mean that Egyptians reject Islam in general, because Egyptians are conservative people. It was they who brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power. They have risen up against the performance of Morsi's government, not his Islamic ideology."

Syria's government-owned newspaper Al-Thawrah:

"[Islamists'] policies whether in Istanbul or Cairo revealed that their slogan 'Islam is the solution' was nothing but a means to come to power and put their sick and corrupt ideas into practice."

Jordan's private, pro-government daily Al-Ra'y:

"Egypt is at a crossroads... It is in danger, and the army will have to take further measures. The Brotherhood may ally with hostile forces that will enter Egypt, and it will then descend into chaos and unrest."

Jordan's private, pro-government daily Al-Dustur:

"It is so painful to see Arab indifference over the events in Egypt... We say to those who regard it as an internal affair that repercussions will have an impact on the Arab nation as a whole."

Lebanon's leftist, pro-Syrian newspaper Al-Safir:

"The Egyptian army moved at the right moment to steer events in Egypt in the right direction... Clearly, what the army did met people's demands."

Chinese Communist Party newspaper Renmin Ribao (People's Daily):

"Choosing whatever way to express their wishes is the free choice of the Egyptian people. However, there is an irrefutable truth in this world: There can be no development without stability."

Chinese People's Daily Overseas Edition:

"This 'pancake-flipping style' of political transformation has not only made the volatile political situation in Egypt even more complicated and confusing, it has also poured cold water on the head of an 'Arab Spring' that is spreading like wildfire."

Beijing-based Global Times:

"The Western-style democratic system has not offered any new models for developing countries for years. On the one hand, countries simply copying the Western style came to grief; on the other hand, disputes surrounding democracy have been complex. With its chaos, Egypt has attracted the world's attention at this moment, partly because it has engendered pessimism over the prospects of revolutions."

Russia's state-owned Rossiyskaya Gazeta:

"What happened was inevitable. The military never actually went away, remaining behind the scenes and keeping a close eye on all that was going on. They are the most secretive part of Egyptian society, far more secretive than the Muslim Brotherhood, and more powerful, of course."

Centrist Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta:

"If the military manage to hold elections and win, on taking power they will face the same problems that Morsi could not handle. Then the Islamists will have an advantage, and their chances in the next political cycle will increase greatly."

Pakistan's popular Urdu-language Daily Express:

"Morsi was an honest, hardworking ruler and a well-wisher for Egypt. Under him, Egypt would have moved towards prosperity. But some difficult measures that he took provided an opportunity for internal and external powers to end his government. The removal of the Morsi government carries several messages for Muslim rulers and extremist elements: instead of imposing their ideas forcefully on others, they should take care of their rivals."

Indonesia's Jakarta Post:

"Outsiders are left wondering why, after Hosni Mubarak was toppled and the first democratic elections were held, the Egyptians took Morsi down. Did democracy not suit the Egyptians?"

Turkey's far-right, conservative Islamic newspaper Yeni Akit:

"A coup has taken place in Egypt. This means that there were people who wanted the Gezi Park events [recent protests in Turkey ] to result in a coup. What did not happen here has been done in Egypt."

Centre-left Turkish newspaper Aksam:

"Now the Western world has fallen silent watching the fascist coup in Egypt. Europeans, who establish democracy standards, protect the rights of flowers and bugs, gays, lesbians and animals, are speechless at the sight of the 'murder of democracy', the coup in Egypt."

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