Egypt has seen an alarming rise in violence this past week between protesters and security forces — a stark illustration that the army has botched the country’s political transition. Since President Hosni Mubarak left power in February, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has refused to open Egypt’s political system, creating dangerous incentives for groups to resolve their differences in the streets instead of the halls of power.
The latest fighting has left at least 14 people dead and many more injured, and soldiers have reportedly stripped some female protesters bare in the streets. The violence began on Dec.… Seguir leyendo »
With only days left before Egyptians are to vote in their first elections since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, thousands of protesters spanning every political ideology, from secular to Islamist, have taken to the streets to pressure the military into relaxing its grip on power.
On Tuesday, the caretaker prime minister and cabinet stepped down, and the military council pledged to transfer power to a civilian government by July 1, 2012, a year earlier than expected. The head of the council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, also said the military would step aside if a national referendum called on it to do so.… Seguir leyendo »
When Egyptian protesters ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February, they did so in the hope that their country would undergo a transition to democracy. Yet Egypt’s ruling military council lately has taken a leaf out of Mubarak’s book, bypassing major political groups other than the Muslim Brotherhood and raising concerns that it will maintain an undemocratic regime.
The Egyptian people fear that the military and the Muslim Brotherhood are using each other in the expectation that one of the two will ultimately prevail. That was the outcome after the coup that overthrew the constitutional monarchy in 1952, when the Brotherhood supported the military, which turned on the group when it consolidated power two years later.… Seguir leyendo »