Coup in Egypt
By Micah Halpern
Friday June 15, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Yesterday Egypt's Supreme Court disbanded the Egyptian parliament, effective immediately.
In one fell swoop the Supreme Court pulled power from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nuri Party, the two Islamic parties now in control of the parliament.
The Supreme Court also struck down a law preventing Mubarak cronies from running. That means that non-Islamic candidate Ahmed Shafik who had served as Mubarak's prime minister can run for office.
Since the original parliamentary elections were held six months ago, support for the Islamic parties has dwindled. They have been seen as partisan and have not been successful at uniting Egyptian. The parliament is fractionalized and has not been effective in --- just about any area.
Disbanding the parliament almost certainly assures that the new election will usher in non-Islamists and guarantee the election of Shafik as president over Mohammed Morsi of the Islamist party.
This was a Supreme Court coup and it was very effective. If the new president can take the reins and really start to lead it will prove to be even more effective.
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