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Egypt constitutional court rulings tantamount to 'military coup': Abul-Fotouh
Former presidential contender warns of possible ramifications of Thursday's controversial constitutional court verdicts, describing them as de facto 'military coup'
Ahram Online, Friday 15 Jun 2012
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Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh (Photo: Reuters)

Former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh on Thursday declared that allowing Ahmed Shafiq – the military's preferred presidential candidate – to vie for Egypt's highest office while dissolving the elected parliament and granting military police the right to arrest civilians represented a de facto "military coup."

"Anyone who believes that Egypt's millions of revolutionary youth will allow this to pass must be delusional," Abul-Fotouh declared.

His statements came after the High Constitutional Court declared Egypt's Political Disenfranchisement Law – which had threatened Shafiq, a Mubarak-era minister, with disqualification from the presidential race – unconstitutional. The court ruling will allow Shafiq to contest the presidency against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in a runoff vote slated for 16 and 17 June.

A second ruling on Thursday, meanwhile, found Egypt's Parliamentary Elections Law – which regulated last year's legislative polls – to be similarly unconstitutional. The latter verdict means that both the People's Assembly and the consultative Shura Council (the lower and upper houses of Egypt's parliament) will likely be dissolved in advance of fresh elections.  

Abul-Fotouh came in fourth place in the first round of Egypt's hotly-contested presidential elections last month.





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warmapril
15-06-2012 07:55pm
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Back to Mubarak's dynasty
Back to square one (2010)! What's the diff ? Well at least some of the names have changed !
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
15-06-2012 12:24pm
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Court ruling
With this ruling the rule of law has been restored in Egypt and there would not be any return to the rule of anarchy which has pulverized the Egyptian society.
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rgdavis
15-06-2012 07:27am
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Did the US Military sanction this?
Given that the US military (Generals) are in close touch with the Egyptian military, after all they get 1.3 (or is it 1.5) billion a year from the US and so are paid employees? Just special agents? What did the US military think about this? Would it not inflame the people who for for regime change, not a replacement of a Mubarak clone? Does the Egyptian military think this might lead to a civil war? Anyone think the both militaries can get away with this? What was called a revolution, really a demand for change by the forces of reaction, now is clear. Does that mean anything to those who think they can get away with this? Seems like a perfectly good provocation, after all that civil disobedience and protest, massive demonstrations, the civil rights of the populace are being run down again. Does anyone in power think this might be dangerous? If not then others do.
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Ajibola Kehinde/Nigeria
14-06-2012 10:27pm
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Vote for right candidate
Al-Fotouh's much talk like parrot is nothing rather than approach the other contenders candidates to force the people out to vote for the right revolution candidate. The only weapon you have is vote vehemently for the right candidate, because if you intends to protect any more, SCAF are other Military Police to arrest and massacre the people. Unpleasantly, Egypt back to old regime system.
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