Portrait of a Cairo liberal as a military backer

Meet Mohammed Aboul-Ghar, a 73-old academic and politician who has been a leading figure in Egypt’s liberal establishment, and now represents one of the most confounding elements of the country’s current crisis: the wholesale alignment of old-guard liberals with the military.

Aboul-Ghar’s reputation in pro-democracy politics is well earned…but after a year of the Presidency of Mohamed Morsi, he had soured on the electoral process he had helped to put in place. “I don’t accept that this is a coup,” he replied firmly. “The military could never have done this alone, without those massive demonstrations by the people. The Army came to prevent a civil war, and to support the people.”.