Skip to main content

View Diary: Egypt & Region Liveblog: Sub-Diary #105 (310 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Here is a similar story from UK Telegraph (5+ / 0-)
    Egypt sets six month target for elections

    Egypt's new military rulers tried to reassure protesters they were sincere about political reform, announcing they were suspending the constitution, dissolving parliament, and setting a six-month target for full elections.

    The Supreme Military Council issued "Communique Number 5" granting itself almost unlimited powers and confirming that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the defence minister, was effective head of state.

    But after the army sent shock waves through the remaining protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square by sending in troops to clear them away early Sunday morning, the Council also reasserted that it had seized power only to give it up.

    "The Supreme Council will run the affairs of the country on a temporary basis for six months or until the end of parliamentary and presidential elections," it said.

    It announced a new constitution would be drawn up and subjected to a referendum. The current constitution, effectively set aside on Friday when Hosni Mubarak's resignation left the country without a president, made it virtually impossible for independent political parties to challenge the ruling National Democratic Party.

    Well, I can't post the whole thing -  here's the LINK

    •  but still no mention (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      oofer, PeterHug, bee tzu, Terra Mystica

      of ending the state of emergency.

      Brothers & sisters of #Egypt, you have given the world the most precious gift: the belief that ultimately right will prevail. -Desmond Tutu

      by conchita on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 02:05:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's going to be a while, not only because (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        PeterHug, conchita, bee tzu, Terra Mystica

        some in the power structure have interests in the status quo, but also because it seems that one of the side-effects of lifting the State of Emergency is going to be a considerable downsizing of the police force, which will only compound the unemployment problem.

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 02:20:50 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  yes, trying to find out what (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        conchita, Terra Mystica

        Egyptians are saying about that but can't find anything either.  

      •  The army will end that or they won't... (0+ / 0-)

        and if they wait too long, they'll have a few million people in the street again (which they may not care that much about), and have the economy shut down once more (which they probably care about a whole lot).

        This is going to be a slightly weird negotiation - in some sense, the opposition has a nuclear bomb:  they can call people out, perhaps once, perhaps twice, but probably not more than that.  And the military know that (i) the opposition can do immense damage to them, but (ii) only a few times.

        I don't know how this will end up - I would be a bit surprised to have "democracy" as we know it happen next; if we're lucky there will be a somewhat more representative government and a more functional economy that will allow most Egyptians at least to live in a reasonable degree of peace and harmony, while making an actual living.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site