Locals react to coup in Egypt

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) --Bakersfield Imam Sayed Rashed admits he's been glued to television news to learn the latest developments in his native Egypt. And with good reason. On Wednesday, Egypt's military ousted Mohamed Morsy, the country's first democratically elected president.

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters had been calling for Morsy to step down. Many are unsatisfied with declining economic and social conditions in the country. Morsy was in power for less than two years.

"I believe they did not give him enough time," said Rashed. "From day one there was some obstacles in his way intentionally made by his opposition," said the local Imam, or Islamic spiritual leader.

Rashed estimates there are between two to three hundred thousand Egyptians in California, mostly in the southern part of the state.

The civil strife in Egypt has claimed numerous lives and left an untold number of others injured. And it's unclear who may be the next leader. Still, Rashed remains optimistic.

"I believe that the future of Egypt is good regardless of the outcome of this revolution or this uprising," said Rashed.