Mohamed Morsi is now gone from the presidency and his followers are in the streets of Cairo and other cities demanding his return to power. Critics of the military seizure of power in Egypt claim allowing such action impairs development of democracy because it allows violence to replace a democratically elected government. The latest riots have seen the death of at least 51 people and wounding of hundreds as the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to drive the arm from power. The question in Egypt is: does democracy benefit by allowing violent overthrow of a government? There is no simple answer to this question but several points must be addressed:
1. Did the actions of President Morsi in appointing members of the Muslim Brotherhood to key positions threaten the existence of democracy?
2. Did Morsi actions in failing to protect Coptic Christians threaten the rights of a minority which constitutes 10% of the population?
3. Did Morsi misunderstand that he won by a few percentage points because many Egyptians were not impressed by either candidate for the presidency?
Morsi was constantly urged to create a government which included all political parties, but he refused. He wanted to control the judiciary, the legislature and the executive. If he succeeded it would have been the end of democracy in Egypt and a civil war.