CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to push forward the transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power.
In their latest communique, the military rulers that took over when Mubarak stepped down Friday, said they will run the country for six months, or until presidential and parliament elections can be held.
The military leaders said they were forming a committee to amend the constitution and set the rules for popular referendum to endorse the amendments.
Both the lower and upper houses of parliament are being dissolved. The last parliamentary elections in November and December were heavily rigged by the ruling party, virtually shutting out any opposition representation.
The caretaker Cabinet, which was appointed by Mubarak shortly after the mass pro-democracy protests began on Jan. 25, will remain in place until a new Cabinet is formed – a step that is not expected to happen until after elections.
The ruling military council reiterated that it would abide by all of Egypt’s international treaties agreed in the Mubarak era, most importantly the peace treaty with Israel.
How sad…all these people who really believe that now that Mubarak is gone, all will be bether…
They haven’t learned anything from what happened in all these other islamic states, where the “arabic spring” turned overnight into an “islamic winter”.
The same will happen here. The Islam Brotherhood is the only well organized movement, they will seize power in the months to come. And while Mubarak was a dictator, people still had a life, economy was not too bad, employment was at an acceptable level, tourism flourished…
When the muslims will seize power, people will learn the hard way that life can be worse than it was under Mubarak.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m afraid that I know exactly what will happen. Until now, I have only heard one politician who shared my fears: Willy Claes, an old Belgian socialist foreman, who said exactly the same thing: the Islam Brotherhood is the only well organized opposition and they will take over the movement from the euphoric, idealistic, well-meaning, but ill-organized people. And Egypt will become another country on the list of islamic states, where freedom is just a dream, equality doesn’t exist and where other religions are suppressed. Economy will decline and tourism will be non-existent.
Politicians are so stupid…how is it possible not to foresee the future…but maybe they have other agendas than I have.
We will see in a year or so.