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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Morsi Taking Power From Egypt's Military

Nadene Goldfoot
President Morsi, President of Egypt by running on the Muslim Brotherhood ticket, has now consolidated almost every part of government power for himself and has complete control  .

He will now oversee the military and legislative functions of Egypt.   Supposedly he has left the judiciary part alone.  He has final say over the constitution.  the Parliament will not be reinstated.  It was dissolved in June when the court ruled that the elections of some of its members were unconstitutional.

This has taken away the military's power to govern Egypt, who held the power for the past 60 years in some way or other.

He just picked an Islamist as the minister of defense, which means that he belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood party, the group outlawed by Sadat and Mubarak.  Egypt up till 18 months ago when Mubarak was toppled was pretty much secular and being helped financially by the USA.  They had a peace pact with Israel.

He is General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, 57 years old and they call him a moderate.  He had been the "head of military intelligence and defended the testing of the virginity of women who'd been detained as a means of ensuring that soldiers aren't accused of rape."  Note that this was to protect soldiers, not the women attacked.

As far as Israel is concerned, they should be concerned and I'm sure they are.  "The Brotherhood refuses to commit to continuing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.  Muslim Brotherhood leaders have said that “as far as the movement is concerned, Israel is a Zionist entity occupying holy Arab and Islamic lands...and we will get rid of it no matter how long it takes.” Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, 2005 and 2007.  

Then again they do like American money.  If they break the peace treaty, they might lose this source of income.  It's a conundrum.  Which will win out?  Religion or finances.  Already there have been terrorists in the Sinai desert.  The USA is actually going to send troops to help Egypt with them.  "Washington welcomes new Egyptian army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who spent time in U.S. • Hamas says Morsi is hurting Gaza in the same way Mubarak did."  Of course they'd say that.  The terrorists most likely are Hamas or friends of Hamas.  The Sinai is being turned into a terrorist center.

Oregonian newspaper 8/14/12  page A3 How will Morsi use his new power?

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