Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mursi Vs Egyptian Military Council

The candidate for President of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mursi was finally elected as the new Egyptian president after defeating rival rival Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. However, the victory of Mursi is unlikely to bring rapid stability to the country, because power is still in the hands of the Military Council.

Mursi's victory is an extraordinary victory for the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has been banned and systematically suppressed for decades, including under the Hosni Mubarak regime.

Mursi was the first person to be elected president of Islam in the Arab world after more than a year of popular uprisings which overthrew dictatorial power and triggered the rise of Islamic power throughout the region. His victory has also ended the 60-year monopoly of the military president in Egypt.

However, Mursi's victory does not mean that the military junta is willing to loosen their current grip on power. The latest decision by the junta has given more power to the Military Council by dissolving parliament and releasing a Refinement Constitution. With that rule, the president will not be able to declare war conditions or order the deployment of troops.

An Egyptian political analyst, Amr Hamzawy, said that the constitution implies that the Military Council has become a state above the state, with legislative and executive powers, has veto rights, and is immune from prosecution.

In addition, the dissolution of parliament by the Constitutional Court under the control of the Military Council, has granted full legislative and executive authority to the junta until a new People's Assembly is elected. The Military Council also threatened to use an "iron hand" against the protesters, and had deployed troops and armored vehicles in front of several public buildings in Cairo.

With that attitude, the military signaled that they did not intend to hand over power to the civilian government. However, the military was concerned about popular uprisings if they were openly hostile to the wishes of the people.

The Military Council can make Mursi paralyzed or become a puppet and prevent him from carrying out the Muslim Brotherhood program for state development. However, Mursi has two cards to play in this game with the military. First, he is trying to embrace all revolutionary forces for change. And second, the Egyptian people were no longer willing to accept a military government. Egyptians from all political spectrums will not tolerate military roles in politics in the country.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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