Egypt: Army and Islamists Reach Agreement (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 06/26/12)
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The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt´s powerful military on Tuesday
reached some agreements over the powers of the most populous Arab
nation´s first Islamist president, and the fate of a now-dissolved
Newly elected president Mohammed Morsi briefly toured his palace on
Monday. Morsi, however, had little time to savor his victory.
Egypt´s first president since late president Hosni Mubarak was
ousted, Morsi immediately met with senior generals in the Defence
Ministry in what analysts say was an effort to determine who will
really run the nation.
The powerful Brotherhood - banned under Mubarak - sent waves of
supporters onto the streets last week after the Supreme
Constitutional Court ordered the lower house dissolved.
The ruling asserted that electoral rules had been broken during the
election that led to the Brotherhood´s rise to parliamentary
prominence six months ago.
The decision, backed by the army, threatened to force a new
parliamentary election, leading the Brotherhood and its Islamist
allies to say the ruling was tantamount to a military coup.
The army compounded these fears by issuing a decree curbing the
president´s powers just as the presidential election closed.
Morsi was declared the winner on Sunday, a week after the polls
closed. According to sources on both sides, the Brotherhood and the
army held discreet talks during the wait.
The new president is expected to be sworn in on Saturday, probably
before the Constitutional Court. The Brotherhood says it will also
stage a symbolic swearing-in ceremony in Tahrir Square.
Egyptian presidents are traditionally sworn in by parliament, which
has been sealed and placed under military guard. (IsraelNationalNews
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