Opinion: Power grab in Egypt
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Daily Star, Lebanon, on Egypt:
Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces promised they would transfer power to the new president by the end of June, following the decree it issued under which it maintains significant powers until a new constitution is written, limiting the power of that president.
Inspection of SCAF's decree reveals that the military has not only given itself power to potentially form the committee that will write the constitution, but also legislative power until a new parliament is elected.
It has mandated its head as the head of the army, rather than the president, until a new constitution, clauses of which it has given itself veto power over, is written.
This decree will heavily circumscribe the power of the future president, and is being seen by many as a pre-emptive coup to ward against the possibility that Egypt's Islamists will triumph in elections. It follows the military's decision to dissolve the parliament, in which the Muslim Brotherhood gained a majority in elections six months ago. ...
This situation does not bode well for a country that's in dire need of, firstly, security and stability so that people can return to work and the government can begin attempts to revive the dying economy, bridge the country's deficit and attract investors.
Egypt's spring revolution may yet turn into an autumn for the country, thanks to the immature and undemocratic manner in which political matters have been carried out, whereby hopes for a smooth transition to civilian rule have not only been dashed, but have created a deadlock, the end of which nobody can foresee. ..
To continue on the current path creates a real threat of violence, which many fear certain parties would like to see erupt in Egypt. The price of that will be colossal for all.