Insiders: Egypt Coup in the Works for Months

Military Backed Protest Organizers to Provide Pretext

Insiders familiar with Egypt’s new military junta say that this month’s coup was no spur of the moment decision, but rather the culmination of plotting which began almost the moment President Morsi came to power.

Elected last June, Morsi began a public effort to sideline the military in August, forcing the retirement of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military government after Mubarak’s ouster. Since the military has had it in for Morsi.

Which is where Tamarod, the organization that was organizing anti-Morsi protests for the last several months comes in. Egypt’s military had already decided on a takeover but needed a pretext.

Coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and others in the military eagerly supported Tamarod, giving it massive support and pushing it to organize protests under the guise of a handful of irrelevant political figures who were nominally leading the “democratic” effort to convince Morsi to resign.

Once the protests reached a certain level, the military moved in, arrested the president and took over. The Tamarod backers are now split between groups that have discovered they were sold a bill of goods, and a shrill faction of “liberal” parties that have become overt supporters of protracted military rule.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.