Egyptian Military Declares Expanded Powers

Via the BBC:  Egypt’s military ‘grants itself sweeping powers’

Egypt’s ruling military has issued a declaration apparently granting itself sweeping powers, as the country awaits results of presidential elections.

The document by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) reportedly says new general elections can not be held until a permanent constitution is drawn up.

It also allegedly gives the Scaf legislative control.


The document effectively gives the Scaf control over the budget and who writes the permanent constitution following mass street protest that toppled Mr Mubarak, reports say. It also strips the president of any authority over the army.

The full details of the declaration are expected to be announced later on Monday.

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  1. Phillip says:

    A conservative’s wet dream. Thank Kali such ideas are anathema in the U.S. ranks.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    This is certainly going well.

    It will be interesting to see how the Muslim Brotherhood and the other anti-Mubarak groups take this. Are they exhausted? Or are they ready for what might be a tougher fight?