SITREPS and analysis from STRATFOR are coming in every hour or so.
What it looks like at the moment is, the military has declared that a third of the seats held by theMuslim Brotherhood are illegal and that Mubarek’s old PM will be allowed to seek office despite strenuous objections from the usual suspects.
Egypt court orders entire parliament dissolved, deems election unconstitutional
Published June 14, 2012
Jan 23, 2012: FILE – In this file photo, members of parliament stand and pray for the souls of the victims who died during the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak during the first Egyptian parliament session after the revolution, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s highest court has ordered the country’s Islamist-dominated parliament dissolved, saying its election about six months ago was unconstitutional. (AP)
June 3, 2012: FILE – In this file photo, Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq holds a clipping from an Arabic newspaper with a headline that reads, “The Muslim Brotherhood–not suited for presidency or government,” during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
CAIRO – Egypt’s highest court on Thursday ordered the country’s Islamist-dominated parliament dissolved and ruled that the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak could stay in the presidential race, twin blows to the Muslim Brotherhood that could sweep away its political gains since Mubarak’s ouster 16 months ago.
The rulings by the Supreme Constitutional Court, whose judges are Mubarak appointees, escalated the power struggle between the Brotherhood and the military, which stepped in to rule after Mubarak’s fall. The decisions tip the contest dramatically in favor of the ruling generals, robbing the Brotherhood of its power base in parliament and boosting Ahmad Shafiq, the former Mubarak prime minister who many see as the military’s favorite in the presidential contest against the Brotherhood’s candidate.
Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy said the rulings amounted to a “full-fledged coup.”
“This is the Egypt that Shafiq and the military council want and which I will not accept no matter how dear the price is,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The Brotherhood and liberal and leftist activists who backed last year’s revolution against Mubarak accused the military of using the constitutional court as a proxy to preserve the hold of the ousted leader’s authoritarian regime and the generals over the country. Many of them were vowing new street protests.