Egyptian Parliament Dissolved On the Eve of Elections

Friday, June 15, 2012

Egyptians gather in their thousands in Tahrir Square to mark the one year anniversary of the revolution on January 25, 2012 in Cairo Egypt Tahrir Square on the one year anniversary of the revolution. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

Sixteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted, Cairo continues to be at the epicenter of democratic turmoil. On the brink of the second round of presidential elections this weekend, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has dissolved the Parliament

It’s been called “the smoothest military coup” and makes relations between the Supreme Constitutional Court and the Muslim Brotherhood seem increasingly fraught.

David Kirkpatrick is the Cairo Bureau Chief of The New York Times.

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"...a sole leader of the country, an elected dictator"
A President rejecting his Congress and Supreme Court while bypassing the constitution? How awful. Good thing nothing like that could happen here.

"The new Egypt is starting to look like the old Egypt"
Perhaps it is time to revisit last year's broadcasts during the "extraordinary time" of the Egyptian Revolution and issue an apology of sorts to the derided nay sayers who warned the "Arab Spring" may end in tears while others were naively euphoric.

"It was all a sham, we were played"
Yep, there is alot of that going around this year and not just in Egypt.

Jun. 15 2012 09:30 AM
Nikos Retsos from Chicago

The Egyptian parliament was the only tangible result of the Revolution. Dissolving it, effectively dissolved the Revolution. But the military coup happened in the beginning, when the army forced Mubarak to resign, and ordered his VP Omar Suleiman to announce that he had quit. He didn't. It was a plan designed by the U.S. and the Egyptian military to corral the Revolution. What is happening now is the later stages of that plan.

The Egyptian Supreme Court judges, the military junta, and Ahmed Shafik are all Mubarak's loyalists. The Mubarak phony resign and trial was only a ruse to fool the Egyptians that his regime had fallen. It never did. It was just re-configured by the U.S. and the highly depended to the U.S. Egyptian military, and it is still intact. And now that the Egyptians have been almost exhausted with protests, the Mubarak Regime has stricken back by dissolving their chosen parliament, and by raising Shafiks stature to replace Mubarak as president!

As I see it, everything goes according to the plan, as I explained in my blog at the British Daily Telegraph, titled "EGYPT: AHMED SHAFIK, THE CIA'S MAN FOR PRESIDENT," which went viral in the Arab world. Most Egyptians knew something sinister was going on, and that is why they kept the protests ongoing.

Now the moment of truth has arrived. And unless there is a revolt by lower military officers against the Egyptian military junta, the revolution is already in the bag, and the dump truck is on the way! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Jun. 15 2012 07:46 AM

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