Knoxville resident from Egypt shares hopes for the future

Knoxville resident from Egypt shares hopes for the country's future

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"Start all over again rewrite the constitution to suit everybody, not just one party," said Seham Girgis. "Start all over again rewrite the constitution to suit everybody, not just one party," said Seham Girgis.
Tahrir Square was full of fireworks and celebration after the announcement. Tahrir Square was full of fireworks and celebration after the announcement.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Egypt's military has taken control of the country and ousted the president from office. Military leaders made the announcement around 3 p.m. EST Wednesday.

In Cairo, thousands of demonstrators celebrated. The Islamist-backed constitution has been suspended and early elections are expected.

Seham Girgis, an Egyptian native living in Knoxville, has been keeping a close eye on the demonstrations in her home country.

"Even though I became a naturalized American citizen, Egypt is still part of me," said Girgis.

Girgis was born in Cairo and lived there until the age of 26, when she moved to the states with her husband, eventually opening the restaurant King Tut's Grill.

She has nieces and nephews still living in Egypt participating in the uprising.

"Now they want change. They are looking for change," said Girgis.

Girgis says Morsi made promises, but the people of Egypt never saw a positive change. She says only the Muslim Brotherhood benefited from his presidency.

"Morsi - it's been just for his political party, his own people and not anything to do with the people of Egypt. All the promises he promised, the unemployment is sky high," said Girgis.

Now that Morsi has been ousted and replaced with the chief justice of the supreme constitutional court, Girgis hopes the oppression will come to an end and permanent positive changes are made.

"Start all over again rewrite the constitution to suit everybody, not just one party," said Girgis.

As cheers erupt among protesters and fireworks light the Cairo sky, Girgis thinks about the future and hopes the new leader improves the country.

"They will get someone who looks for the people's needs," said Girgis.

With the military in control now, Girgis hopes the country eventually calms down and tourists return to boost Egypt's economy.

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