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Oops – Egypt’s Army Supports Mubarak

From a furious Associated Press:

Egypt’s military supports Mubarak; protesters mass

By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
February 11, 2011

CAIRO – Egypt’s military threw its weight Friday behind President Hosni Mubarak’s plan to stay in office through September elections while protesters fanned out to the presidential palace in Cairo and other key symbols of the authoritarian regime in a new push to force the leader to step down immediately.

The statement by the Armed Forces Supreme Council — its second in two days — was a blow to many protesters who had called on the military to take action to push out Mubarak after his latest refusal to step down

Something tells us that the international news media are suddenly going to stop talking about how the Egyptian military is ‘universally respected.’ They might even stop calling for a military coup.

Anti-government protesters said they were more determined than ever as the uprising entered its 18th day.

"We expected the army’s decision, we always knew that it was behind Mubarak. But we know it’s not going to harm us," Safi Massoud said as she joined thousands of people packed into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square. "We wont leave until we choose a transition president. We don’t want Mubarak, we don’t want Suleiman."

This really is how leaders should be chosen. For instance, Woodstock should have picked the US President back in 1969.

The military statement endorsed Mubarak’s plan to transfer some powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman and promised free and fair presidential elections later this year.

It also promised that the hated emergency laws, in force since Egypt’s authoritarian ruler came to office in 1981, would be lifted and gave a somewhat more specific timeframe than Mubarak had offered in his Thursday night speech…

Hopes that Mubarak would resign had been raised Thursday when a council of the military’s top generals announced it had stepped in to secure the country, and a senior commander told protesters in Tahrir Square that all their demands would soon be met

This appears to be a misunderstanding that the news media has perpetuated ad nausea. The military’s supreme council announced on state TV its "support of the legitimate demands of the people."

Their "legitimate demands." That is an important distinction which the news media in their rush to become king makers chose to ignore.

Prominent reform advocate Mohamed ElBaradei, whose supporters were among the organizers of the 18-day-old wave of protests, called in a Twitter message on the army to step in "to rescue Egypt," warning the country might "explode."

In other words, Mr. ElBaradei was still calling for a military coup. Never mind that Mr. Mubarak was elected back in 2005, in the country’s first ever presidential elections. Whereas Mr. ElBaradei has never been elected to anything.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest and best organized opposition group, called the speech a "farce."

"This is an illegitimate president handing power to an illegitimate vice president," said Mohammed Abbas, who represents the Brotherhood’s youth wing. "We reject this speech and we call on Mubarak to step down and hand his powers to the army."

Which, coincidentally enough, is exactly what Mr. ElBaradei is demanding.

Even after delegating authority to his vice president, Mubarak retains his powers to request constitutional amendments and dissolve parliament or the Cabinet. The constitution allows the president to transfer his other authorities if he is unable to carry out his duties "due to any temporary obstacle."

"I saw fit to delegate the authorities of the president to the vice president, as dictated in the constitution," he said

Apparently, Mr. Mubarak is a weird ‘fetishist’ about his country’s constitution.

Despite the overwhelming sense of disappointment among the protesters, some noted that Mubarak’s immediate resignation would have had unintended consequences. His immediate departure would have triggered presidential elections within 60 days, with most of the restrictions that prevented free voting the past still in place, said Amr Hamzawy, an Egyptian legal expert

The "restrictions" mentioned apply to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian constitution prohibits religious parties from participating in elections. And, Mr. Clapper’s testimony to the contrary, the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious party.

And we certainly can’t have that.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Oops – Egypt’s Army Supports Mubarak”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I’ve following this with the hope that if enough people protesting can make Mubarak step down maybe if we get enough people here to protest we can get the O-ster to do the same.

    Just sayin’.

    • untrainable says:

      We could march the entire conservative population of America onto the White House lawn and Obama wouldn’t step down. At least Mubarak says he’ll step down after fair free elections. I have my doubts about Obama doing the same. That is, if we can even get a fair election anymore in America.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Just saw on Lucianne.com something that shames me that I didn’t remember …

    Read Isaiah 19:2

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