Those who carried out this crime will pay dearly. Clear orders have been given to our armed forces and police to chase and arrest those who carried out this assault on our children. The forces will impose full control over these areas of Sinai.Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi • Responding to those who have questioned Egypt’s ability to enforce security in the Sinai region following an attack on a security checkpoint that left fifteen soldiers dead. According to the Israeli Defence Forces, eight militants attacked Egyptian guards during a traditional iftar meal following their Ramadan fasts. The suspects then fled in armored vehicles, though seven were killed and both vehicles were destroyed by Israeli forces. Officials from both countries have confirmed that they are continuing to patrol the area — on both sides of the border — in search of others who may be connected to the attack. source (via • follow)
I have nothing to fear, I only fear God, I am here among you.Egyptian President Elect Mohammed Morsi • Opening his jacket to reveal he was not wearing a bulletproof vest while taking a symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square in front of throngs of cheering suppoters. A bold move by the first Islamist president-elect, who was defying orders from military generals who were to hold Morsi’s official swearing-in ceremony in front of a high court on Saturday. source (via • follow)
President Morsi will struggle to control the levers of state. He will likely face foot-dragging and perhaps outright attempts to undermine his initiatives from key institutions. Faced with such resistance, frustration may tempt him fall into the trap of attempting to throw his new weight around. This would be a mistake. His challenge is to lead a bitterly divided, fearful, and angry population toward a peaceful democratic outcome, without becoming a reviled scapegoat for continued military rule.European Council on Foreign Relations Senior Policy Fellow Elijah Zarwan • Analyzing the challenges Mohamed Morsi will face in leading Egypt in the coming months and years. Morsi won the election on Sunday, with 52 percent of the vote.
» 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?