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07/08/2013 03:26 pm ET

Egypt's Crisis Of Legitimacy: HuffPost Live Discusses The Crisis In Cairo (VIDEO)

Just two years after millions took to the streets and toppled Hosni Mubarak, an unprecedented number of Egyptians filled the streets on June 30 to call for the resignation of president Mohammed Morsi. Egypt's military gave the president a 48-hour ultimatum, eventually removing the Islamist leader from power on Wednesday. Dozens have been killed in clashes since then, as the military rounded up and arrested hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood while simultaneously trying to establish an interim government. Violence peaked on Monday, as at least 51 Morsi-supporters were killed in clashes with the army near the military's headquarters.

Sharif Kouddous, Shadi Hamid and Heba Morayef joined HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss the crisis.

"This wasn't a conspiracy just against Morsi. This was massive popular discontent that no single political force could have orchestrated," says Morayef, Human Rights Watch director for Egypt. "Morsi's fatal mistake was to not recognize the crisis of June 30 for what it was and that was a crisis of legitimacy."

Watch the discussion in the video above.

07/08/2013 5:45 PM EDT

More Details On The Elections

More from Reuters on the planned parliamentary elections:

(Reuters) - Egypt will hold new parliamentary elections once amendments to its suspended constitution are approved in a referendum, the interim head of state decreed on Monday, setting out a timeframe that could see a legislative vote in about six months.

A presidential election would be called once the new legislative chamber convenes, the decree said. It set a four-and-a-half month timeframe for amendments to the country's controversial, Islamist-tinged constitution that was passed into law in December.

That constitution was suspended last week when the army removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power following mass protests against his rule.

-- Eline Gordts

07/08/2013 5:39 PM EDT

Parliament Elections In February

07/08/2013 5:25 PM EDT

WATCH: Morsi's Fatal Mistake

Human Rights Watch director in Egypt Heba Morayef joined Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on HuffPost Live to discuss the removal of Mohammed Morsi from power. "This wasn't a conspiracy just against Morsi. This was massive popular discontent that no single political force could have orchestrated," she says. "Morsi's fatal mistake was to not recognize the crisis of June 30 for what it was and that was a crisis of legitimacy."

Watch the full segment below.

07/08/2013 5:13 PM EDT

Constitutional Panel Within 15 Days

07/08/2013 4:44 PM EDT

Reports: Two Soldiers Kidnapped

07/08/2013 4:40 PM EDT

New Favorite For PM Position

07/08/2013 3:38 PM EDT

Brotherhood Calls For New Protests

07/08/2013 3:34 PM EDT

PHOTO: Nasr City

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Supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

07/08/2013 3:16 PM EDT

Sharif Kouddous: Elements Of The Former Regime Are Back

Reporter Sharif Kouddous joined HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin from Cairo to discuss the crisis in Egypt. "We're seeing elements of the former regime reassert themselves and trying to use this moment to establish themselves back in positions of authority," Kouddous said.

Watch the full segment below:

07/08/2013 2:43 PM EDT

Senator McCain Releases Statement On Egypt

McCain writes:

In light of this worsening situation, it is essential for all people and parties in Egypt to refrain from violence and work together immediately to begin a transition back to an elected democratic government. I call on the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in the political process and cease its calls for an uprising against the military. I call on the Egyptian military to protect Mohamed Morsi and his millions of supporters from acts of retribution and other abuses of their rights, including the right to speak freely and demonstrate peacefully. I call on the civilian transitional government headed by President Mansour to move urgently to establish a constitutional and democratic framework that enjoys maximum popular support, that leads to successful elections as soon as possible, and that creates conditions for the resumption of U.S. foreign assistance to Egypt. In the meantime, I encourage the Obama Administration, together with the Congress, to explore creative and lawful means to cooperate with the Egyptian military on a limited basis, perhaps using Department of Defense authorities, to safeguard vital national security interests such as counterterrorism, intelligence sharing, border security, and the maintenance of regional peace.

Read the full statement here.

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