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Egypt govt.: Removal of Morsy was ‘creative democracy’

August 20th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

The arrest in Egypt of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, is “proper” and not just “vindictive,” an adviser to the interim Egyptian president said on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t say just a victory from a vindictive standpoint, but from the standpoint that we are restoring law and order in a country which has its own sovereign rights,” ElMostafa Hegazy told CNN’s Hala Gorani, who is sitting in for Christiane Amanpour.

Hegazy, speaking from Cairo, said that the military ousting of Mohamed Morsy from the Egyptian presidency was necessary because Morsy “and his group, and his militias, has been terrorizing Egyptian, I would say at least emotionally.”

“Maybe it’s a kind of creative democracy that we haven’t seen,” Hegazy contended, “but because we didn’t have the process of impeaching the president through a parliament, we had to do it the way that we’ve done it.”

Egypt in recent days has been wracked by extreme violence. In the past week, about 900 people – civilians though also security personnel – have been killed.

But Hegazy said that the government’s response to pro-Morsy protests is “not at all” like the ruling style of Hosni Mubarak.

“We’re having a war of terrorism against the Egyptian people and the Egyptian state,” Hegazy said.

Amidst all this upheaval, it may be hard to see a road back to stability; Hegazy laid out his government’s plan to get there.

“We are having a constitution in 60 days or maybe a bit less or a bit more from today,” he told Gorani.

Once a constitution is in place and it is approved by referendum, he said, Egypt will hold parliamentary elections within 15 days; two months after that they will call for presidential elections.

“The first stage of our roadmap to the future has been completed,” Hegazy said.


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  1. Toppolina

    I do not understand why Hala Gorani was so obnoxious with Moustapha Hegazy, as if he killed a member of her family... I think she should be more courteous and respectful of her guests... A very bad and ugly face of America she is, although she is rather Syrian

    August 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  2. Heba Ahmed

    Hala u were so aggressive in your interview plus today u r starting to talk about the terrorists acts that have been happening in Egypt towards the solders and civilians!!! CNN if u approved anything that u r a directed media to what ur administration want misleading millions of Americans to what is really happening in Egypt from terrorists acts done thought the biggest terrorist group ever the MB that has the blessing of Taliban and Qaida!!! What a big shame u r doing so although we Egyptians are trying to free our country from these terrorists groups the MB... Big shame and disappointment to only find u supporting a group that is blessed with the ones who had hands in 9/11 that everyone in the world still feel sorry for all the deaths and destructions that has happened in the states...plz stop supporting these terrorists and start having some credibility and transparency in ur news

    August 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  3. Sarah

    CNN is made up of a bunch of idiots because they miss-interpreted what Dr. Mostafa Hegazy said. He said: what Morsi did on the 21st of November 2012 when he confiscated the judicial system in Egypt is CREATIVE DEMOCRACY! HE DID NOT SAY THAT REMOVING MORSI WAS CREATIVE DEMOCRACY!!! I can't believe how incompetent CNN is!!!! WOW!!!

    Hala is an idiot, she completely miss-understood what he said!!! CNN go back and listen to what he said and fix your mistakes. While at it, go ahead and fix all the miss-information you have on CNN regarding Egypt. I know you won't because you are very good liars and will continue to lie to the Americans. What a disgrace to your country!!

    CNN was disrespectful to Mostafa Hegazi and interrupted him on multiple occasions!! She should be fired. Her disrespect shows how much she disrespects herself and Egyptians!!

    August 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  4. M Osama

    Dr Mostafa Hegazy showed lots of confidence while answering the question because he is representing the majority of Egyptian, telling true stories and not lies like JSC channels and MB leaders.

    Dr Mostafa Hegazy. .. Respect

    August 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  5. GEhan D

    Thank you Dr El Mostafa Hegazy, you make us proud ... you conducted this interview with the utmost dignity and civility that was wasted on the CNN host, but .. way to go!

    August 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  6. W Kahil

    She was not happy with what he says because he is just saying what millions of Egyptians keep saying and that's exactly what Americans don't want to hear while they know it perfectly as they are behind all this "Mise-en-scène".

    August 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  7. Hesham

    To all of those aggravated by the CNN host in this interview, this is AN INTERVIEW and not a public statement or a press conference for the guest (you would wish)...he had that chance a few days ago when foregin correspondents basically told him he was a liar to his face. Some people would stop at nothing when it comes to serve their interests. Smearing the MB not only as terrorsists, but also responsible for 9/11, to dissuade the american people from believing what the SAW with their own eyes – the military massacre against civilians. The egyptian dignity is served best when people start acting like human beings and condemn violence from all sides. When you sanction military like that do not expect flowers from the orphans. When did they obtain evidence that MB was responsible for the deaths of 25 egyptian (unprotected) servicemen? Objectivity is more welcome, rather than whining about the foreign media take on Egypt.

    August 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Basma

      No foreign correspondent told him he was a liar!! where's the link? probably you were watching another press conference! Dr Hegazy replied eloquently and strongly to all questions and made confident and to the point statements

      August 21, 2013 at 5:22 am | Reply
      • Hesham

        It was the same press conference you watched, but I watche the whole thing, not select snippets on CBC like the rest of you guys. Did you notice what he said when a reporter told him that the unarmed civilans were killed, cuz he was there, unlike the story Hegazy was propagating. He had no comment for that. Yes , I agree – he looks like a guy who will impress the masses, especially those with modest english capabilities.

        August 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Reality

    Few days ago Anti-Morsi protesters were doing same things, burning properties, killing people with guns. Now these Nazis came in power and start killing every one on sight, Egyptians are really fuc&d up , they need to get their head checked.

    August 21, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Basma

      Anti Morsi protestors never did such thing, even the Pro Morsi protestors never claimed such thing! Only shows how ignorant people can be..

      August 21, 2013 at 5:27 am | Reply
  9. Reality

    See all these Stupid Egyptians begin angry at interviewer, You Nazis have banned all the media in Egypt but this is free media, here you can not apply your fascist rules.

    August 21, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
    • Basma

      obviously you are the NAZI here you cant stand people criticizing the interviewer!!!!!! Noo one asked for banning! Its obvious who wants to shut up who now!

      August 21, 2013 at 5:25 am | Reply
  10. Reality

    See all the angry comments here, they want CNN banned too. NAZIS

    August 21, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
  11. mostafa darwish

    Our creative democracy we must vote by Google earth , according to sisi mode
    All Egyptians not with sisi except people like bloodshed, use tounge not logic or mind after massacre, and crime aginst humanity , all terrorists from mb even spirtual leader was arrested without one bullet shot toword security force or found any weapons as sisi fascist saying mb, anti coup terrorists wow new terrorists without weapons
    In Egypt tyrant sisi killed 3000 and thousands of injuries , plus torture in jail
    Some crazy people want to convince us who in street in 30 June 33 m person from 90 m p simple equation one from 3 Egyptian people in street aginst morsi , we can count that 15 milion Egyptian outside Egypt, 15 million children's , old , army force, police people in hospitals and in general service , 10 million pro morsi
    This people agree with sisi done in Egypt just people under Egyptian media control lost their mind and process of thinking
    They just want to save their money with sisi new regime even all Egyptians people killed

    August 21, 2013 at 3:02 am | Reply
    • ali esa

      All you talked shows Gabe full of intellectual awareness and conclusive evidence that you not know this country, unfortunately your mind in the plane actually deserve pity

      August 21, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
  12. Sarah

    CNN has stopped posting my responses to some of the ignorant comments made here by Hesham and Reality!! CNN is obviously biased!! This is why they will not post anyone with a logical argument against what they are trying to portray!! How horrific!!

    August 21, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
    • Hesham

      Why are you calling the posts ignorant? just cuz they dont conform to your affiliation? No human being with integrity would sanction such a massacre, even if you vilify the MB. You Sarah share the same moral ground as the MB – this is my response to your violence and discrimination, even on a blog. Well if you maybe pipe down and post in a mature fashion , we may be able to have a dialogue instead of being an embarassment to yourself and to our country.

      August 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  13. Sherif

    Well its a new democracy...we have gotten rid of ballot boxes and votes and replaced that with guns, tanks and bullets. We call it the choice of the people. What is it that the free world and free media can not get about our new system? :) What a shame and black spot in my country's history. Thanks Hala and CNN for exposing this ruthless regime that has hijacked Egypt.

    August 21, 2013 at 3:53 am | Reply
  14. Amr

    CNN is very bised on ithrough all its covergae to a group of islamic facists

    August 21, 2013 at 5:02 am | Reply
  15. LT

    By fighting a group of people that is a natural ally of Al Qaeda, the Egyptian people are doing the work of the Americans for them. How the US government can support them is beyond me.

    August 21, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  16. shady abdelrahman

    It's Not a coup but a popular revolution against the terrorists Brotherhood ... We are the Egyptian people So Don't support the terrorism

    August 21, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
  17. A.Helmy

    I think that sarah missed to say that the world want to give MB the nobel price for peace for all of that

    August 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  18. SSS

    test 123... will you post this?

    August 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  19. Lenardo decaprio

    US is just digging a grave for its own .there leaders are worrying about the increase rate of accptng islam in all over the world .so they are targetng every islamic country and there mission is to finish islam .but they dont know that ISLAM is a religion when u want to pres it down it reacts with peace and spread with peace .and exampl is america itself watch the rate of acptng islam after 9/11

    August 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  20. SSS

    the Coptic Church and the Pope, Pope Tawdros II, is backing up the current interim government and the Egyptian military!! The Coptic Christians in Egypt have been persecuted for millenniums in Egypt, so when they say Egypt is finally on the right track then you better believe them!!!

    Don't tell me that Coptic Christians are violent because there is nothing that would prove that. The Coptic Christians are peaceful and love their country yet their churches have been burned by the MB, their homes and businesses have been looted, and they have been murdered in cold blood by the MB!! This was all done by the terrorists, the MB to get revenge from the Christians for supporting the interim government and the military.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  21. SSS

    MOSTAFA HEGAZI SAID THAT WHAT MORSI DID WAS CREATIVE DEMOCRACY, HE DID NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT SAY THAT REMOVING MORSI WAS CREATIVE DEMOCRACY!!! Go back and listen to it!!!

    It looks like you are really trying to twist the facts and truth – this one is pretty obvious and looks really bad on your part!!! It shows how your prejudice and bias is really making you hear things the way you want to hear them and not how they are actually happening!!

    August 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  22. Ahmed M Ibrahim

    The uncreative and dormant democracy that Morsi was spearheading, proved to be his downfall. The Western media which is trying to project him as a martyr and hero will bite the dust of disgrace. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten your sullied hands.

    August 22, 2013 at 4:18 am | Reply
  23. Anas

    I still dont understand why the u.s and the so called world powers have deliberately refused to describe the situation in egypt as a coup and have kept mute as if they had a hand in the removal of a democratically elected president.This type of political hypocracy is becoming a nuisance and should be condem by all and sundary.we cannot continue to preach democracy at the expense of fair treatment and justice.For how long shall we continue to suffer the injustice carried out on us as africans taking cognisance of what happen in other jurisdiction such as libya and others.To all african leaders the chase is still on and sooner than later each and every one of you will suffer the same repucurtion for failing to adhere to their needs.inshallah.

    August 24, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply

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