Parliament Quarrel

For those of you who have not been keeping up with Egyptian politics, there is an internal battle between the security armed forces and the recently elected Muhammad Morsi presidential administration. The site of tension: parliament and its legislative legitimacy. On one side of the political confrontation is the Muslim brotherhood led legislative body and on the other side is the Mubarak appointed Security Council of Armed Forces (SCAF). The tug of war for decision making power began when the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) disbanded the Egyptian elected Parliament in mid-June. The dissolution of this body had mixed reviews by activists and caused an uproar particularly among Muslim Brotherhood leaders and revolutionaries. Particularly because SCAF and SCC could nullify elections (however controversial). In the end, other critics of the current political questions subsumed: Will the powers of the military reside? What will happen with women’s rights? Will marginalized communities have full rights? These questions have yet to be answered. The elite parliament game developed a twist when Morsi announced on 8 July that the Egyptian Parliament would be re-instated. This authorization later led to further divisions among the judicial bodies in Egypt. Should an Islamist group maintain a majority position in a legislative body? Can electoral politics prevail in a revolutionary moment when many of the demands have not been met (economic demands, political rights)? Whatever the events in the backdoor meetings among these political actors, people are questioning these quarrels. Yesterday, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir to challenge SCAF’s disregard for Morsi’s decision.

 

Will the movement in Tahrir impact this political decision or will the rulers of the old and new regime do as they please?

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