Can someone explain why, given that Egypt is holding national elections next week, there have been huge demonstrations in Egypt demanding that the military government step down? If a civilian party wins the elections, wouldn’t that take care of the problem? I just read two articles in today’s New York Times that failed to address this obvious question.
I think it is because the protesters suspect that if the military is in charge before the elections, they’ll manipulate/rig the outcome, provide an intimidation factor that distorts the election, and the like.Tom P. writes:
The army in Egypt want to create a semi-autonomous state. After there is a new constitution and elections, the army want the army to be exempt from politics. The budget will not be decided by the parlament but by the army itself, as well as appointments, promotions and so forth. This is very similar to the role traditionally played by the Turkish army (where it seems the military got its idea from.Ken Hechtman writes:
It’s only the first tier of parliamentary elections that’s scheduled for next week. The next nine provinces vote next month. The last nine vote in January and parliament doesn’t sit until March. (See this.)LA replies:
Thanks for the information. You would think that such basic facts about the Egyptian elections would be widely and readily mentioned by the mainstream media. Hah.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 22, 2011 01:08 PM | Send