Egypt’s creeping coup: What’s next?
By VICTORIA JONES
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming victory in Egypt’s president elections. Its candidate Mohamed Morsi is ahead of Ahmed Shafiq, former prime minister under Hosni Mubarak.
Shortly after polls closed, Egypt’s military leaders issued a constitutional decree that gave the armed forces vast powers and appeared to give the presidency a subservient role. The declaration establishes that the president will have no control over the military’s budget or leadership and will not be authorized to declare war without the consent of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
It said the military would soon appoint a body to draft a new constitution, which would be put to a public referendum within three months.
Once a new charter is in place, an election will be held to choose a parliament that will replace the Islamist dominated one dissolved Thursday by the country’s top court. It’s effectively a fait accompli and the public’s not only weary and very tired and cynical but now subject to emergency arrest laws.
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