Egyptians wave their shoes during a protest in Cairo’s Liberation Square against a court ruling which allows for Mubarak-era Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to stay in the presidential race, on June 14, 2012.
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:6AM GMT
Egypt is seething with tension as Egyptian parties accuse the ruling military council of staging a “counter-revolution,” saying military rulers are willing to bring back the old regime, Press TV reports.
The Egyptian political parties have accused the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) of an attempt to stage a coup after the military council took a series of measures aimed at consolidating its power ahead of the runoff vote on June 16-17.
There are fears that the generals, who took the helm following the ouster of the former dictator Hosni Mubarak in the wake of the mid-February revolution, may refuse to hand in power and instead prop up a puppet government.
The largest political party, Muslim Brotherhood, has also warned that any effort to rig the poll will trigger another revolution.
“We will continue with our journey and observe closely, and if there is a fraud, we already know what the consequences will be,” MB presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi said.
“A revolution against the criminals, a revolution against those who protect the criminals, revolution until the goals of the January 25 revolution are fully achieved,” he stated.
The party strongly condemned the June 14 ruling of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, which dissolved the parliament and ordered that Mubarak-era Premier Ahmed Shafiq could stay in the presidential race.
The ruling by the court, which is made up of judges appointed by Mubarak, sparked an outrage among Egyptians, who see Shafiq as a remnant of the former regime.
Following the decision, the military rulers declared full legislative authority and said that it will announce a 100-member assembly to draft a new constitution.
“Our revolution has achieved nothing so far. The political scene of the moment is that Mubarak’s ex-prime minister remains a strong frontrunner and has a real chance of being the next president,” said an Egyptian citizen.
“The revolutionaries in Egypt are passing through something similar to French revolutionaries who were sentenced by courts,” he recalled.
Another Egyptian man said the ruling junta “will not meet popular demands and the Muslim Brotherhood will not respond either, so the people are the ones making decisions now.”
“Anyone who tries to dictate something to the people will not be welcomed at all,” he stressed.
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- Ex-Mubarak Official Cleared for Presidential Run (voanews.com)
- Egypt court dissolves Islamist-led parliament – The Hindu (thehindu.com)