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Will the US Put Pressure on Egypt's Morsi to Give Up Self-Appointed Powers Amid Growing Protests?

Protests continue in Egypt after the country’s recently elected president, Mohammed Morsi, granted himself near-absolute power for the next six months. The unprecedented power grab was announced days after Morsi was praised for his role in the Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Fox News Middle East and terrorism analyst, Dr. Walid Phares, weighed in on the ongoing situation.

Dr. Phares says the move is not surprising to those who understand the strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last year, protests by the Egyptian people took down dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Morsi, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was democratically elected. According to the opposition

, this move by Morsi is the next step to placing himself as the next supreme ruler.

What will happen in the coming months if Morsi does not give up his sweeping powers as promised? Dr. Phares doesn’t think a civil war will break out, but rather the opposition, which is made up of judges, lawyers, human rights groups and citizens, will try to pressure Morsi to center himself.

Washington D.C. has to decide whether it will pressure Morsi at the risk of losing his cooperation in stabilizing peace in Gaza.

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