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Egyptian journalist weighs in on Morsi ousting

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Egypt's government is no more. After days of violent clashes, a dramatic climax as the Egyptian military removed President Mohammed Morsi from power.

We spoke with an Egyptian journalist visiting the United States.

Kareem Awadallah was in Tahrir Square 18 months ago during the Arab spring.

He insists the ouster of President Morsi is not a military coup -- that the military is simply enforcing the will of the people.

"We started something and we didn't finish. The election of Morsi didn't really match the needs of the Egyptian revolution, so we are now finishing that," Awadallah told us via Skype.

Question: This is the growing pains you believe of the Arab spring that started all of this 18 months ago?

"I believe yeah. We are heading to a better direction. It's not a coup, it's a movement by the people and when it went into a phase where they needed backup the military said we will step in the benefit of the Egyptian people and we will support what the people want."

Awadallah believes the next Egyptian leader will be more moderate than Morsi.

He says the Muslim brotherhood which backed Morsi has completely lost credibility.

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