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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:05 AM


Egypt- The campaign team behind Ahmad Shafik have just announced Shafik as the winner

Source: al Jazeera (Live blog)

Egypt 14 minutes ago

The campaign team behind Ahmad Shafik, a former Egyptian prime minister, has just announced him as the winner of the weekend’s presidential elections by 51 per cent.

The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi, had earlier claimed victory over the presidential elections.

The Muslim Brotherhood and other political groups plan a mass demonstration later on Tuesday to protest against the military declaration seeking to curtail the powers of the next president.

Read more: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liveblog/topic/egypt-155

Combine this with the dissolving of Parliament by the military, and an attempt by the same military to dominate the writing of the new Egyptian Constitution and this may get real ugly, real quick.

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Reply Egypt- The campaign team behind Ahmad Shafik have just announced Shafik as the winner (Original post)
stockholmer Jun 2012 OP
tabatha Jun 2012 #1
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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:14 PM

1. Yep. Egyptian revolution 2.0 starts today.

The Carter Center Releases Preliminary Statement on Second Round of Egypt's Presidential Election

The Carter Center's election witnessing mission in Egypt issued preliminary findings today for the second round of Egypt's presidential elections. The Center noted that the Egyptian people again have demonstrated their deep commitment to the electoral process. However, The Carter Center expressed grave concern about the broader political and constitutional context, which calls into question the meaning and purpose of the elections.

"I am deeply troubled by the undemocratic turn that Egypt's transition has taken. The dissolution of the democratically-elected parliament and the return of elements of martial law generated uncertainty about the constitutional process before the election," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' new Constitutional Declaration, in which they carve out special privileges for the military and inject themselves into the constitution drafting process, violates their prior commitment to the Egyptian people to make a full transfer of power to an elected civilian government. A constitution is a permanent foundation for the nation, and must be fully inclusive and legitimate. An unelected military body should not interfere in the constitution drafting process."

Ultimately, a truly democratic transition requires not just elections, but the full transfer of power to those elected civilian institutions, and the drafting of a constitution by an inclusive and legitimate Constituent Assembly. Given the dissolution of parliament, the reinstatement of certain military powers of arrest and detention, and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' newest Constitutional Declaration, among other issues, it is now unclear whether a truly democratic transition remains underway in Egypt.


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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:28 PM

2. quite an impressive list of measures they have taken ...

Last winter, in a moment of candor President Jimmy Carter said after meeting with SCAF’s leaders that the military had no intention of relinquishing power. In recent weeks it became quite clear what that observation meant. First, SCAF would utilize the instruments of power of the deep state to install its candidate. If such a scheme did not materialize, SCAF had a back-up plan. In such a case, it would not only take several actions that strip the real powers of the elected president (if he comes from the revolutionary camp), but also usurp all the legislative and executive powers from the newly empowered groups. Many political figures including former presidential candidate Abol Fotouh called SCAF’s blatant acts “a soft military coup d’état.” Here are a few examples of the power grab measures taken by SCAF in a matter of days:

1) On June 14, SCAF sent the army to occupy the parliamentary building in anticipation of the dissolution of parliament by the High Court. Within days it issued its own decree to dissolve the parliament and reclaimed all legislative powers to itself. Typically when the parliament is dissolved, the president would be granted temporary legislative powers, to be reviewed later by the parliament when it is reconstituted.

2) On the same day the Justice Minister made a mockery of the repealed martial laws by effectively restoring the emergency laws and empowering the military and security agencies to arrest and detain anyone indefinitely, as well as to try in military courts any person deemed a threat to public order.

3) Within two hours of the closing of the polls on June 17, SCAF unilaterally issued a sweeping amended constitutional declaration that effectively transferred much of the presidential powers to itself. For example, it stripped the president of his role as commander-in-chief of the armed forces and gave it to SCAF’s top general, Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi. It prevented the president from promoting or dismissing any military personnel. It also granted itself veto power over any decision by the president related to any military matter including the declaration of war or any domestic use of the armed forces. ...

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As expected this wholesale usurpation of power by the military was universally condemned not only by the new elected president, the MB, and the rest of the revolutionary groups, but also by most civil society groups and public figures. Meanwhile, counting on a business as usual with the MB, SCAF has quietly started another tactic to pressure the MB into submission. It revived a court case seeking the dissolution of the MB, declaring it an illegal group and confiscating its assets. A decision on the matter is expected soon.


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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:23 PM

3. Egypt vote result delayed - state agency

(Reuters) - The body overseeing Egypt's presidential election said it would not announce the results on Thursday as planned, saying it needed more time to study appeals from the candidates, but did not say when it might be ready, the state news agency reported.

The Egyptian presidential run-off pitted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy against Ahmed Shafik, a former air force commander who was Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister. Both claim to have won and have filed appeals against each other.

"The (election) committee has decided to continue to examine the appeals, which involves looking at records and logs related to the electoral process, and this will necessitate more time before announcing the final results," it said in a statement on Wednesday.


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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:27 PM

4. SCAF looks to be deliberately inciting violence, imho. n/t

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Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:40 AM

5. Meet the counter-revolution

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Thu Jun 21, 2012, 05:20 AM

6. Vote result delay frays Egyptian nerves

(Reuters) - Allegations of fraud delayed the result of Egypt's presidential election on Thursday, fraying nerves as the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims victory, threatened to take to the streets in protest at moves by the ruling generals to deny them power.

For a second night, thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, cauldron of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak 16 months ago, to demand that the officers who pushed him aside keep their word and hand over to civilians by July 1.

Though there is little sign that will happen after the ruling military council dissolved the Islamist-led parliament and set strict limits on the new president's powers, prominent Islamists sought to dampen talk of violence, for all their promise of permanent town square vigils until their demands are met.

The state election committee has spent four days collating counts from the two-day runoff ballot but said it would miss a target of Thursday for announcing the result as it was going through hundreds of complaints submitted by either side. As the weekend starts on Friday, that might mean a wait until Sunday.


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