The Egyptian military has ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi and suspended the country’s constitution. It’s been a scary situation for one Des Moines metro student studying in Cairo.
Armored cars, tanks and troops are deploying to the Egyptian capital in what advisors to the president described as a coup.
The head of the country’s highest court has been installed as interim leader after a series of protests focused in Cairo and Tahrir Square.
At least 16 people have been killed and hundreds others injured in clashes near Cairo.
It all started after a military deadline set for the president to step aside. That deadline came and went Wednesday with no statement from Morsi.
Morsy, a U.S.-educated religious conservative, was elected president in June 2012. But his approval ratings have plummeted as his government has failed to keep order or revive Egypt’s economy.
Morsy said Tuesday he was willing to fight to the death as he refused to comply with the military’s commands.
It’s a frightening scene for Erica Wenig of Pleasant Hill who lives about ten minutes from the unrest.
“We live in a little part of Cairo called Mohandeseen and we haven’t really left it for a week and a half or two week because we don’t want to risk going near Tahrir because it’s hard to know what you could get caught up in because of demonstrations breaking out or something like that,” Wenig explained.
“We want to be as careful as possible,” the Huxley High School graduate added.
Wenig has been in Egypt since May to study Arabic.
We found out after our conversation with her that she’s being evacuated to neighboring Jordan due to rising concerns over the protests.
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