Ruling military council and President Mohamed Mursi, a power sharing model: A commentary
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Yesterday’s oath taking ceremony of President Mohamed Mursi before the judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court was a program imposed by the SCAF. It was an imposition rather than an event of exercise of choice and prerogatives of the president-elect, now the newly installed first civilian president of Egypt.
It would be difficult to imagine the reality of transfer of power to the new president when the presidency itself was a captive and subservient to the ruling military council. What kind of a president Mursi is? Why allowed only to perform powers granted by the council?
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) assuming the powers and authority to determine the powers President Mursi has to exercise from time to time as the needs arise will impair the realization of his plans for Egypt. Mursi’s premature throwing of support to establish strong ties with Iran and his expected inclination towards international recognition for HAMAS must have prompted SCAF to tighten grip on power against him. Indeed, this is an evolving model worth observing and following through.
SCAF’s staunch unyielding position to divest itself of highly sensitive portfolios in government is an indication that the Mubarak regime and its character still very much intact in present-day Egypt. The election and eventual installation of Mursi as the first civilian president in words only aptly applies.
As long as the SCAF wields the iron hand to rule Egypt including over president Mursi, the “deMubarakization” of Egypt is still very remote to start and its “Mursification” remains uncertain to begin and to take shape in structure and substance.