Local Egyptians react to removal of president

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — It was a day filled with celebration for Mohamed Amin, a Saratoga Springs business owner, after he heard the news of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi being ousted.

He celebrated with a handmade Egyptian flag he received from the first revolution.

“Watching the pictures and chanting it's breathtaking,” Amin said. “The happiness that is inside me is exploding.”

The Associated Press reported the country's armed forces announced Wednesday they would install a temporary civilian government to replace Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who denounced the action as a “full coup” by the generals. They also suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution and called for new elections.

Images of millions of anti-Morsi protesters around the country celebrating took over the internet after a televised announcement by the army chief. Fireworks burst over crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where men and women danced, shouting, “God is great” and “Long live Egypt.”

Much of Amin's family, including this parents, still live in Egypt. His brothers and sisters took part in the protests calling for Morsi to step down.

“Our country has been hijacked one time by dictatorship one time by extremist,” he said. “These people deserve better.”

For Mohab Habib, the news gave him hope for a better future for Egypt. Now, both men want to see more rights given to their families who still live there.

“Equal rights, women's rights, and freedom,” Amin said.

“I hope we find good president, but now they know the sound of the people can move anything,” said Habib.

Amin said Morsi's election during the first revolution was rushed, and he hopes the government will learn from its mistake and do it right the second time around.

“I was born in Egypt, I grew up there, and really it's a joy, a joy, because people suffer,” said Amin.           

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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