Saturday, October 29, 2011

Egyptian Military Likes to be in Power. Not Giving it Up

I wrote many months ago that a shift of power from a dictator to the military will be problematic. Since the people of Egypt ousted Mubarak in February 2011, the Egyptian military took power. For the past 8 months, the military is enjoying the power as a governing body. It is clear the transition will be a long process. The election in Egypt is next month and I don't think the military will accept a newly elected Parliament. There are hints that the newly elected body will compose of many Mubarak supporters. If so, the Egyptian protest was all for naught.

(Breitbart) Several thousand protesters in Cairo called on the ruling military on Friday to promptly transfer power to a civilian government and exclude old regime figures from politics.

The protesters in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February, chanted "down with the military" and called on the ruling generals to "return to the barracks."

The military assumed power after Mubarak's ouster on February 11, promising a transition to civilian rule within six months. It is headed by Mubarak's former defence minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Protesters at first hailed the military for not cracking down on the uprising after Mubarak called soldiers to the streets on January 28, following attacks on police stations.

But its popularity has eroded amid accusations of rights abuses and suspicion that it is prolonging the transition, which it now says will be happen after presidential elections sometime next year.

Egypt will vote for a new parliament starting on November 28, but parties and activists who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt fear his supporters will enter parliament, either as independents or members of newly formed parties.