Egyptian military makes power grab as presidential election results disputed
- yeah … Last night, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi declared himself the winner of Egypt’s presidential election, based on the party’s own results. Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Shafiq is disputing the outcome (which was close), and official results will not come out until Thursday.
- … but Late last night, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces granted itself authority over the parliament while a new one is elected, which effectively would keep military rulers in power. While protests have been light, the move has been strongly criticized in activist circles. source
» What the military can do: The military currently has a right, due to this resolution, to control the military without any civilian oversight, to introduce a new constitution, and to exercise full legislative authority — in other words, to pass laws at will. This is bad news, and some have called SCAF’s power grab tantamount to a coup. The group, however, says they’ll hand power over to the new president by the end of June, but will that promise hold?
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