Egypt completes presidential run-off..Egypt military issues decree giving armed forces sweeping powers
The two-day fierce run-off was between Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. No one could predict who the winner will be until the counting of votes were completed.
Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri went to some polling stations and urged citizens to vote. Senior military officials also inspected some areas.
The results will be officially announced on Thursday by the electoral commission. But the results may be known unofficially as early as Monday because of the distribution of observers of the two candidates in polling stations across the country.
The run-off came just two days after the Supreme Constitutional Court voided the Islamists-dominated People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament) as the parliament election law was unconstitutional. The same court also ruled the political isolation law targeting former regime officials unconstitutional, ending the debate over Shafiq’s qualification.
The new president will assume office without a new constitution and parliament. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) reportedly will issue a supplementary constitutional declaration to make arrangements for the coming period.
The ruling military council took over power in February 2011, after Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign under pressure of 18 days of mass protests against his 29-year rule. The constitution was suspended and the parliament was dissolved shortly after Mubarak’s fall.
Shortly after polls in Egypt’s landmark presidential vote closed Sunday night, Egypt’s military leaders issued a constitutional decree that gave the armed forces vast powers and appeared to give the presidency a subservient role.
The declaration, published in the official state gazette, establishes that the president will have no control over the military’s budget or leadership and will not be authorized to declare war without the consent of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The document said the military would soon appoint a body to draft a new constitution, which would be put to a public referendum within three months. Once a new charter is in place, an election will be held to chose a parliament that will replace the Islamist-dominated one dissolved Thursday by the country’s top court.
“With this document, Egypt has completely left the realm of the Arab Spring and entered the realm of military dictatorship,” said Hossam Bahgat, a prominent human rights activist. “This is worse than our worst fears.”
theres your demcoracy egypt..a mubarak stooge or an american versed “islamist”..both to be controlled by the army anyway..