Egyptians to Military: Hand Over Power Now
Thousands of Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir Square today and continuing a sit-in to demand that the Egyptian military hand over full power to a civilian government.
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, is set to deliver a speech later today to the throngs in Tahrir. Morsi was elected last weekend in a historic victory for the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood. His spokesman told the Associated Press that Morsi was going to Tahrir today to “confirm that people are the source of his power.”
The Friday demonstration is being held under the slogan “Handover Power,” a blunt message to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the clique of military generals that have ran Egypt since Hosni Mubarak’s departure. The protest is a foretelling of what will likely be an intense power struggle between those who want fundamental change in Egypt and the military council, which has stifled revolutionary forces since taking over. The question remains where Morsi will side, though; he’s walking a tightrope between the military and the revolutionaries.
The Egyptian demonstrators are demanding the annulment of a constitutional addendum issued by the military June 17 that limits the power of the presidency and puts all matters relating to the army in SCAF’s hands. Additionally, the protesters are demanding that the Egyptian Parliament, which was dissolved by a court ruling, be reinstated.
For more background on Egypt’s new political landscape, see my latest story in AlterNet.