Egypt's Generals' Dilemma

(New York Post) Amir Taheri - Egypt's military is starting to divide into two camps. Several active and retired officers close to Gen. Sami Annan, a former chief of staff, urge the appointment of a "consensus" prime minister with a program for early elections. They also want Morsi released and invited to negotiations on the timetable for the transition. A second group of officers, close to al-Sissi, believe that only direct military rule can save the situation. In recent days al-Sissi has appeared with military decorations designating him as a "hero" several times over, although he has never fought in any war. His radio and TV tone has also changed - he no longer reads in a flat voice, but attempts eloquence, the way Arabs like. Al-Sissi won't run for president, his spokesman insists - but his agents are busy distributing his pictures all over Egypt.

2013-08-01 00:00:00

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