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Democracy's Growing Pains: Clashes in Egypt Could Mean Military Intervention.

July 2, 2013



"It is incumbent upon (Egyptian President) Morsi to reach out now--something he hasn't done, tragically, over the last year--to some of the legitimate members of the opposition."

Prof. Saeed Khan, lecturer on Near East history, politics, and culture at Wayne State University.

Egypt is on edge after the military issued an ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi and the opposition to resolve their dispute by Wednesday or have the army step in. Protesters who want Morsi to step down remain camped out in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising. But Morsi's own Islamist backers have their own rally site, and vow to resist what they say is the threat of a coup against a legitimately elected president. Saeed Khan is an expert on Near East history, politics, and culture at Wayne State University. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Prof. Khan what's at the heart of the dispute, and whether it can be resolved without military intervention. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.