Egypt sends shock waves through the Arab World 4 July 2013 Africa Report by Primedia Broadcasting published on 2013/07/04 07:01:04 +0000 When Egypt's revolution ousted President Hosni Mubarak, many in the region hoped the most populous Arab nation, with its long history of regional leadership, would prove a model for transitions from autocracy to democratic reform. But as it has turned out, as Egypt convulses two years on, other Arab Spring countries have forged their own paths to democracy. The Egyptian military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday sparked reactions ranging from jubilation to anger and shock across a deeply divided Arab world. The British government has decided to ban the import and use of khat, after years of turning a blind eye to the herbal stimulant. Khat is a flowering evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The plant (Catha edulis) contains two alkaloids, cathinone and cathine, which act as stimulants.