Egyptian Military Council Warns New Islamist President (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 07/09/12)
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Egypt´s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has reminded the
president-elect, Mohamed Mursi, of its own powerful position in the
The military issued a statement saying it expects all state
institutions to respect the constitution – a barely-disguised warning
to the newly-elected Muslim Brotherhood member.
The move followed a decision by Mursi to revoke the military
council´s executive order which last month dissolved the Islamist-
majority parliament. The dissolution had been backed by a June 14
Supreme Court ruling that said a third of the legislators were
On Monday, Egypt´s highest court said that its rulings are binding
for all state institutions, after Mursi decided to reconvene the
The decisions came one week after a meeting and photo ops between the
president-elect and Egypt´s SCAF council of generals, headed by Field
Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
In its warning, the military council defended the decree in which it
had declared for itself sweeping new powers.
The “constitutional declaration” stated that the SCAF retains the
power to make laws and budget decisions for Egypt until a new
Constitution can be written – a task to be accomplished by summer´s
end – and until a new parliament can be elected. The Council also
retained for itself the power to “decide all matters related to
military affairs, including the appointment of its leaders.”
In its warning to Mursi, the Council said it would continue to
support “legitimacy, the constitution and the law” – making it
unlikely the generals would allow the new president any room to
reconvene the current Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/09/12)
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