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Egypt's Islamists Warn Of 'Dangerous Days' After Parliament Dissolved

Protesters burn a defaced poster of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, at Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 14.
Protesters burn a defaced poster of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, at Cairo's Tahrir Square on June 14.
By RFE/RL
The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt faces "dangerous days" ahead, after the Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament.

The court ruled on June 14 that last year's elections for the lower house of parliament, the country's first free elections in decades, were unconstitutional.

The court -- made up of judges appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak before his ouster last year --  also upheld the right of Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, to run for president.

The rulings came ahead of the June 16 start of the weekend's runoff presidential election between Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Muhammad Morsi.

The decisions effectively push Egypt's democratic transition back to where it was in February 2011, when Mubarak's rule was toppled by an Arab Spring uprising and the military took power.

That's because legislative power has been returned, for now, to the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which had handed it over in January 2012 to the newly elected Islamist-dominated parliament.

'Revolution' Coming?

Activists fear the military council is trying to increase its power, threatening Egypt's fragile democratic gains.

Morsi said any fraud in the June 16-17 presidential runoff vote would result in what he called a "revolution" in Egypt.

"We will continue with our journey and observe closely [the election runoff], and if there is any fraud we already know what the consequences will be -- a revolution against the criminals, a revolution against those who protect the criminals," Morsi said.

"A revolution until the goals of the January 25 [2011] revolution are fully achieved."

Morsi's election campaign manager, Ahmed Abdel Moti, said the court ruling backing Safiq's eligibility as a presidential candidate had also stunned Egypt.

"The ruling is a shock to us and to all Egyptians -- not to isolate or exclude [from the presidential election] those [people], one of them a man who was part of the old regime," Moti said.

Clinton: No Turning Back

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Egypt's transitional military rulers to carry through with democratic transition.

"In keeping with the commitments that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces made to the Egyptian people, we expect to see a full transfer of power to a democratically elected civilian government," Clinton said.

"There can be no going back on the democratic transition called for by the Egyptian people."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington was still studying the Egyptian court's ruling and would not comment on it directly.

But she voiced hope that Egyptians would be allowed to enjoy the gains made from last year's uprising -- "a free, fair, democratic, transparent system of government" and "governance that represents the will of the people, a parliament so elected, a president so elected."

Nuland said those were the standards that both the Egyptian people and the international community wanted.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa
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by: alphaomeg from: California USA
June 15, 2012 06:31
There is very little difference between Egypt and the USA in this regard when 2 months ago the NDAA National Defense Authorization Act was passed.

It states that US Citizens can be arrested without warrant and held in a Secret Prison and never brought to trial. This is enforced by the Military and is virtually a Military Coup on US citizens.

It's very strange how no one ever mentions this in our media,
No one has suggested calls for Treason against the certain Congress-people who wrote it or those Congress-people who voted it into law.

I remember as a kid that Radio Free Europe was a underground type of media to the people behind the once Russian Iron Curtain.

Maybe you could start a Radio Free U.S.A. So my fellow citizens could learn of this new act of darkness which was recently passed into law against them.

Think of it as getting past the U.S. Corporate Owned Media Blackout Curtain.

No one is talking about it.

by: Anonymous
June 15, 2012 06:33
Let's start by demanding the USG and the media answer the hard question first …. Arab Spring? Was there ever a real Arab Spring people movement? Why there was no Arab Spring in Iran … What power is behind the supposed movement …. Russia knows!

As an American I know that today the biggest movement in the states stems from The Plot to Overthrow by Mohammad Goldstein this man bluntly tells the world who a Jew IS and what a Muslim really IS; Obama senators, and congressmen all have copies, and you can get it for nuttin on the net it will blow your political mind about Americas role and is laced with "inside" truth about Washington.

There is a real intelligent change taking place in America and it took this one man to bluntly tell the world about the inner working of Washington. This document about Washington is so revealing that he has gone into hiding. There is no valid answer or reason for a discussion until we tell the world the truth who started this so called Arab Spring? Go get the document it will knock the silly out of your politics.
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by: Ilya
June 15, 2012 09:18
"Why there was no Arab Spring in Iran"
1. Because they're not arabs.
2. They experienced something similar before the AS started. There were mass protests over the conduct of the presidential election. The government had to resort to some fairly desperate measures to put them down.
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by: Demetrius Minneapolis from: My house
June 15, 2012 20:17
Hate to break it to you Ilya, but there is roughly a million Arabs in Iran. On top of that, many Persians who dislike the current leadership often refer to them as "Arabs" as an insult. It is sometimes said that they are ruling the Persians as Arab infiltrators who arrived from the Iraqi Shi'ite areas.
There's also a sizeable Kurdish population, but I'm not going there.
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by: Anonymous
June 16, 2012 18:35
A million Arabs makes a country of 75 million an Arab country. Good job on logic. If the ethnicity is concerned probably the largest part of Iran's population is Turkish, that still does not make them a Turkish country. What I mean is that Iran is different from its neighbours in many ways, so no direct comparison or analogy can be fitting, it should be treated as a separate case.

by: gus seals from: irving, tx
June 15, 2012 06:49
Would someone tell the dingbat she has not been elected ruler of the world. Nato killed between 20 and 30000 people in libya and we act like we have clean hands??? The united states has never seen such piss poor leadership.

by: james r. from: usa, new castle pa
June 15, 2012 14:30
This judge "actions", who was appointed to his position assures a Muslim Brotherhood election victory. Hopefully when they come to power, he will be dealth with harshly!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 16, 2012 11:35
One can only once again wish the people of Egypt SUCCESS in their heroic struggle against the US-financed and US-armed criminal military dictatorship that has been ruining the country for the last more than 30 years!

by: Jack from: US
June 16, 2012 13:43
US government in its self-destructive quest to install Wahhabi Sunni radicals will rip the benefits of having Lybia, Egypt, Kosovo, Bosnia, Syria, as one huge Al-Qaeda camp. US and its NATO minions will be engaged in perpetrual warfare with their own Muslim friends whom they helped bring to power. That will further facilitate the downfall of Axis of Evil: US-Israel-Saudi Arabia-Pakistan. Good will prevail at the end. US will become a third-world country unable to support terrorism any more and unable to kill Christians as they used to.

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