Egypt was supposed to announce presidential election results yesterday, but SCAF has “indefinitely” postponed the results of the June 16-17 presidential election runoff. Recent events make clear that whether the winner is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi or Mr. Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, the military will remain in the driver’s seat.
“For us, really, it’s a declaration of war,” veteran human rights activist Hossam Bahgat told the Monitor earlier this week. “It’s ... closing a bracket of 18 months of uncertainty and making it abundantly clear that whoever is elected president is not going to have much power, because the only house of power is going to be the military.”
In February 2011, most Egyptians didn’t see this coming.