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Egypt’s ‘Smooth Military Coup’ Protested

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
June 15, 2012

People around the world are watching anxiously to see the reaction in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities today to Thursday’s “smooth military coup.”

“Leftist and liberal Egyptian activists” have called for demonstrations, al-Jazeera reports, starting after midday prayers in that Muslim nation (Egypt is six hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast).

Al-Jazeera adds that “the April 6 Youth Movement and Revolutionary Socialist” announced they will join together to protest “against the smooth military coup” — their term for the decisions announced Thursday by the country’s highest court. It effectively dissolved Egypt’s parliament and ruled that a former top aide to deposed President Hosni Mubarak can remain on the ballot for this weekend’s presidential runoff, despite a law that had barred members of Mubarak’s regime from holding office.

As the BBC writes, “the court said last year’s parliamentary vote — the first free and fair poll in decades — was unconstitutional, and called for fresh elections. The decision effectively puts legislative power into the hands of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf).” And the court may have put former Mubarak regime Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in position to win the weekend runoff against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi.

From Cairo, NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells Morning Edition that the youth groups that were so crucial to the overthrow of Mubarak feel “they may have lost the revolution.”

There were some demonstrations on Thursday after the court’s rulings were announced. Today, we’ll watch the news and update as we get word about what’s happening.

Al-Jazeera is live-blogging, as is The Guardian. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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