Egypt’s “Second Revolution” – The Short of It

Flags in Tahrir

Protestors wave Egyptian flags in Tahrir. Courtesy of The Telegraph

Tahrir, Round Two

Crowds are once again gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. This story is pretty similar to that of January except that Mubarak is out of the picture. There are a number of issues but the major grievance is with the new constitution and timetables for change the military regime has put in place.

The government the military rulers designed gives the military greater power than the parliament and the timetables for elections leaves the military in control of the government for much longer than necessary. They’re trying to make a Mubarak-style military ruled county, and it’s easy to see how they’ve been paving the way to make this a reality. On top of this, they appointed a former Mubarak prime minister to be the new prime minister. Tantawi, the leader of the military government, and his cabinet are not being very sneaky about their plans. This is virtually Mubarak’s Egypt minus Mubarak.

From AlJazeera’s “Mass Rally in Cairo Against Military Rule”

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square after days of deadly clashes, demanding the military rulers step down and rejecting their choice of new prime minister.

Ahead of elections due to start on Monday despite the political turmoil, Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) asked Kamal el-Ganzouri, 78, a prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, to head a new cabinet.

“Previous cabinets over the past 60 years were given many powers by the president of the republic,” Ganzouri told a press conference on Friday, his first public statement after his appointment.

He himself had been granted “much more powers” than past predecessors, said Ganzouri, who served as Mubarak’s prime minister between 1996 and 1999.

But protesters in the square of the Egyptian capital on Friday quickly rejected his appointment, saying he was not the man to lead a transition to democracy…


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Egypt’s “Second Revolution” – The Short of It