So Egypt’s military has dissolved parliament and suspended the Constitution. Supposedly this is only for 6 months or until new parliamentary and presidential elections take place. And meanwhile it’s going to create a panel to revise the Constitution. I think we’ve seen this movie before, and I’m afraid they may not have cut a new ending for it.
I see no reason the military couldn’t have left the government in place while a constitutional convention was going on. I see no reason why the government couldn’t have been the ones to create the constitutional convention.
And meanwhile, the military has begun to clash with the pro-democracy protesters. The military wants them to clear Tahrir Square and get back to work. Yes, the protests are hurting the country’s economy, but that very much smacks of “we supported your protests against them, but don’t you dare protest against us.”
Fasten your seatbelts–this ride is far from over.