The People vs SCAF: the old cogs of power still turning
As the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) announced its presidential triumph with Mohammed Mursi taking the throne of Egypt, all eyes were on the power struggle playing out between the military and the people's choice. While Shafiq is a defeated man, his cause is still being championed by his military friends who reign supreme. This time, Egypt's winner may not be taking all. Is Mursi just an Islamic figurehead to the real power at play? Continue reading below »
Back to a military future
Some are calling today's announcement by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of power over the president (rather than power to the people) a de facto military coup, in the tradition of Gamel Abdul Nasser in 1950s Egypt.
With parliament dissolved and martial law effective, since Friday the 14th, the army generals today went on to announce their own military interim constitution to plug the gap of a country short of a parliament and a constitution -- both prerequisites to furmishing an active President. Once again, it is in the army's, not the people's, hands to effect 'change' and a permanent constitution for Egypt's future.
The Brotherhood, having completed one electoral battle against Hosni Mubarak’s symbolic vestige is now primed to challenge the unabashed military grab maneuver pulled off by SCAF in broad daylight.