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Egypt’s Arab Spring looking more and more like bust

From the Wall Street Journal:

Egypt’s highest court ruled on Thursday to allow a former regime loyalist to run in presidential elections starting Saturday and to dissolve both houses of Egypt’s parliament, in verdicts that could add another pressure point to Egypt’s already fraught transition from military rule to democracy.

Actually it’s a little worse than that:

According to Ahram Online, a news website owned by the Egyptian government, a constitutional court judge announced that the ruling effectively dissolves both houses of Egypt’s parliament.

Taken together, the verdicts return the military—and the civilian cabinet it appointed—to full authority over the country, unhindered by an elected parliament.

One assumes there may be some resistance to this.

On Wednesday afternoon, Egypt’s ministry of justice endowed the military and intelligence services with expanded powers to arrest and detain people for participating in protests and disseminating media the military finds offensive—a decision that human rights groups said smacked of a return to the draconian justice of the former regime.

You think?  Probably cut down a lot on the molesting of women in Tahrir square too … well maybe.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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16 Responses to Egypt’s Arab Spring looking more and more like bust

  • Oh…  My….
    Well, I’ll get some pop-corn.  All we can do now is watch and learn…!!!
    Seriously, though; how many will die now?

    • You mean you don’t believe in the Underpants Gnome Theory of Middle Eastern progress?

      1. Twitter

      2. ???

      3. A modern society!!!

      • 1. Twitter AND FaceBook
        2. Watch and learn
        3. Good and necessary (and overlook all those dead, raped, and maimed people, racist!)
        4. ???
        5. A modern society!!! (Some day…in glacial time)
        I think that works, as an Erpian formula…

        • For people like Erb, I’m pretty sure #4 involves Israel going bye-bye. After all, Israel is the only reason the arab states are the way they are. Everyone knows that

        • No fair!  You guys beat me to it.
          I thought the 20th century activities were headed for the dustbin, but I keep seeing the same old behavior in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran, China, Venezuela (*), and elsewhere.  Didn’t those people get the message that we’re all supposed to be doing the 21st century stuff?  No more of this repeating history business.
          I say we buy Scott a plane ticket to these places to set things right.
          (*) Hugo is about to kick the bucket, so useful idiots will have to mourn for awhile.  It would be nice if the socialists were removed from power upon that wonderful occasion.  And yes, Scott, I will be happy when Chavez dies and I will pis$ on his “memory” the instant the news breaks, just like I spat on the runt of the Kennedy litter (the one who murdered Mary Jo on the bridge) for his rotten life.

          • I may have to add to my bucket list a trip to Galway, just to drink a few pints of Guiness and piss on the public urinal they erected to Che.  Maybe we should see about a group rate!?!

          • Hear! Hear!

          • We could do an annual Q&O romp n’ stomp.

  • I always said that the Egyptian military will take care of the Egyptian military

  • “Probably cut down a lot on the molesting of women in Tahrir square too”
    Naw, that’s the one innovation of the revolution that the new boss will keep.

    • They shouldn’t be in the square in the first place! They should be home, keeping the house clean, making supper, with a cheery smile when hubby comes back from a hard day of bringing home the bacon the mutton.

  • “Probably cut down a lot on the molesting of women in Tahrir square too”
    Naw, that’s the one innovation of the revolution that the new boss will keep.

  • “Probably cut down a lot on the molesting of women in Tahrir square too”

    Naw, that’s the one innovation of the revolution that the new boss will keep.

  • I guarantee that other world governments including the U.S. have been pushing this outcome after the muslim brotherhood victory.  Not necessarily a bad thing, as this “tiny minority of extremists hijacking a peaceful religion” canard is wearing very thin.

  • Depends on what the meaning of ‘dissolved’ is.
     
    In the UK and others, ‘dissolved’ is the term used to denote the termination of the current Parliament to prepare for a new one.  This is because, although there may be a maximum time limit, Parliamentary elections aren’t generally on a regular schedule.  They can be prompted for a couple of different reasons.  So there is a standard process to initiate the termination of a current parliament.