Interim Egyptian President Installed

By Corinne Rose

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (www.incnow.tv) -- As we celebrate our Independence Day, Egyptians face an uncertain future as their military overthrows their first democratically-elected president.

So why should Americans care what happens in Egypt?

There are obvious reasons, like the stability of oil prices in the Middle East.

But an expert says we should recognize that the Egyptian people are craving having a voice in their destiny.

Thursday afternoon, a senior judge was sworn in as Egypt’s interim president, after a military coup ousted Islamic president Mohammed Morsi.

Egyptians elected Morsi 18 months ago, knowing he was a member of the group called the Muslim Brotherhood.

But millions of them have protested in the streets and signed a petition demanding his ouster as unemployment has skyrocketed and food has become scarce.

Christina smith says Egyptians are demanding another democratically-elected president who will form a coalition government there.

“The voices of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Payne, they exist in the Arab world and they exist in Egypt. And I believe this is a moment for us to begin to search for a policy that invests in those voices, so that the Egyptians and the Arab people more broadly have an opportunity to invest in their own declaration of the principles of liberty. That's our best hope for long term security and stability,” Smith says.

Smith says the U.S. government’s reaching out to the new interim president to help broker peace between the civilian government and hard-line Islamists could help ease tensions in the most-populated Arab country and the rest of the Middle East.

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