Like the thread title says: What, in your opinion, is necessary for a political system to be a democracy? Or, to look at it from the other side, what does a political system calling itself a democracy have to lack, or what does an allegedly democratic government have to do, at the least, in order for means of deposing them other than elections (or some sort of popular referendum like California´s governor recall) to become legitimate? This question ultimately stems from a press conference I was at - that I helped organize, in fact - back in July ´13, on the situation in Egypt. This was a week or so after Mursi had been deposed; the press conference was planned before Mursi was deposed, and was originally going to be about "Egypt under Mursi", which hastily changed into "Egypt after Mursi. (fun fact: even our resident expert on Egypt learned about Mursi being deposed from me, after I´d seen it on the subway station´s info screen on the way to work) At that press conference, one of the speakers was Anba Damian, the general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox church in the German-speaking part of Europe. When one of the journalists referring to Mursi being deposed as a "military coup" (which it technically was), Anba Damian ("Anba" is a title, by the way, not a first name) became quite indignant, insisting that the military´s actions were not a coup, but (if I remember his phrasing correctly) "an action taken in support of the expressed will of the Egyptian people after Mursi betrayed the trust they placed in him after the election" - in the waning days of Mursi´s rule, a petition for him to resign had been making the rounds that was reportedly signed by 20-30 million people, which would be around half of Egypt´s adult population. This was after Mursi had spent the year or so that he´d been in power implementing the policies that the Muslim Brotherhood, which he´d claimed during the election to no longer be affiliated with, endorsed, as well as turning a blind eye towards the excesses of Brotherhood fanatics towards Christians and moderate Muslims (I´d add "and atheists", but officially there are no atheists in Egypt, they are all technically Muslims or Christians). Anba Damian complained that the West had supported Mursi even after he started showing his true colors, and were now condemning those who put an end to Mursi´s abuses - of course, we now know how the military taking power from Mursi would end, but we didn´t, back then. So, what do you think?
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