Friday, June 15, 2012

Some cry 'coup' as Egypt's highest court annuls parliament, military extends power

"Everything about Egypt's revolution has been unexpected, and the first-round results in the country's first-ever competitive presidential elections are no different," Omar Ashour, director of Middle East studies at the University of Exeter and visiting scholar at the Brookings Doha Center, wrote for Project Syndicate previously.

I don't understand that statement. Mubarak came to power throughout the assassination of Anwar Sadat (who in turn had come to power through the Muslim brotherhood). Mubarak is overthrown during the Arab Spring and now the latest parliament is dissolved by a military coup. What is unexpected about that? The Muslim Brotherhood has never had a regional, coordinated effort before but it does have its eye on creating a pan-Islamic state in North Africa. Of course the more interesting question is once the military takes over, who is left to force them out?

1 comment:

GBucello said...

This shows that as far as the Arab Spring is concerned, the old guard has proven more resilient than anyone could’ve predicted. Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi had to be unseated by the combined forces of the UN and NATO. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is still fighting on, propped up by allies in Iran, Russia, and China. Now, even the seemingly defeated Mubarak-era Egypt is vying for a comeback.