Military Flexes Its Muscles as Islamists Gain in Egypt

(New York Times) David D. Kirkpatrick - Egypt's military rulers said Wednesday that they would control the process of writing a constitution and maintain authority over the interim government to check the power of Islamists who have taken a commanding lead in parliamentary elections. Gen. Mukhtar al-Mulla of the ruling council asserted that the initial results of elections for the People's Assembly do not represent the full Egyptian public, in part because well-organized factions of Islamists were dominating the voting. "Do you think that the Egyptians elected someone to threaten their interest and economy and security and relations with the international community?" General Mulla asked. "Of course not." The Muslim Brotherhood has demanded that the Parliament take over the right to name or dismiss a prime minister; General Mulla insisted that the prime minister would continue to report to the military council.

2011-12-08 00:00:00

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