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Re: Egypt High Court Could Give Rise to New Islamic Dictator

Post by Proto » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:06 pm

Egypt Islamists claim presidency as army tightens grip

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday its candidate won the country's first free presidential election, but a sweeping legal maneuver overnight by Cairo's military rulers made clear the generals planned to keep control for now.

Liberal and Islamist opponents denounced a "military coup". ... 1U20120618

Egypt's military promises handover

Jun 18 2012

Egypt's ruling military council has pledged to hand over power to the newly elected president, hours after the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate claimed victory in the first free election since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Maj-Gen. Mohammed al-Assar, a senior member of the ruling council, said the generals would transfer power in a "grand ceremony" by the end of the month, according to the state news agency. He did not give an exact date.

He said the new president will have the authority to appoint and dismiss the government and that the military council has no intention of taking away any of the president's authorities.

But the military council issued an interim constitution that gave the generals sweeping authority to maintain their grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state.

Although official results have not yet been announced, the Brotherhood released a tally that showed Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood took nearly 52% of the vote to defeat Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq with about 48%. ... -31209961/

Egypt High Court Could Give Rise to New Islamic Dictator

Post by Willease » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:20 pm

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Egypt’s streets remain relatively quiet after the nation’s highest court ruled on its election process.

The military court ruled on Thursday that the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak can stay in the presidential race. It also ruled that Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament should be dissolved, since a third of the body’s lawmakers were illegally elected.

The ruling overturns a law the parliament passed last month, which bans Mubarak-regime figures from running for office. This means that Ahmed Shafiq will be able to challenge Islamist Mohammed Morsi during the presidential runoff election this weekend.

Islamists, liberals and scholars have condemned the ruling as a military “coup.” The Islamists who dominate the parliament have so far refused to dissolve the legislature.

What the military and the court have done may actually backfire against them and actually give more power to the Islamists.

If the ruling is carried out, whoever wins the presidential race will take power without a sitting parliament to check his power. He will have considerable influence over the new parliamentary elections, and he will have no permanent constitution to define his powers or duties. It is possible that the 100-member constitutional assembly appointed by parliament could also be dissolved. Egypt’s new president could conceivably become an elected dictator.

This may be why the Egyptian streets are quiet. Egypt’s Islamists, most notably the Muslim Brotherhood, have the power to fill cities with demonstrators and activists. The fact that they are not using that power indicates that even though they have publicly condemned the ruling, they may be secretly welcoming it. If the Islamists can win the presidential election while the parliament and constitutional assembly are in disarray, they could gain enormous power.

Continue to watch the streets and polling stations of Egypt. The Trumpet still expects the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist factions to dominate the Egyptian government very soon.