“… That president, former Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi, did not attend the rites for Suleiman, whose agents once arrested Morsi for his work on behalf of the Brotherhood.But Morsi’s office was represented by its top administrative official, the grand chamberlain, and several senior military figures attended, including Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Lt. Gen. Sami Anan, the chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces…”
“… Under intense questioning during Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, both Kathleen Hicks, the current deputy under secretary of defense for policy, and Derek Chollet, National Security Council senior director for strategy, said that the Annan plan was headed toward collapse and that new options for confronting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were being prepared.…”
“…Sarkozy, waging an uphill battle for re-election in a vote that opens on April 22, said he discussed Syria with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, including a U.N.-backed plan to send observers to ensure it was being implemented….
Under the French plan to bring in aid, humanitarian corridors would link the frontiers of Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan, to the Mediterranean coast or to an airport.Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said the zone could be protected by armed “observers”,…”
The commander of a powerful Libyan militia said Sunday he has withdrawn from the country’s main airport, while some of his men remained behind to give the government another chance to either hire them or take over security itself.
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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna met top Egyptian leaders including Supreme Council of Armed Forces chairman Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Prime Minister Kamal El Ganzoury during hi
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Armed militias are threatening the security of large parts of Libya, Amnesty International warns, saying at least 12 detainees were tortured to death.
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Burhan Ghalioun you ‘tricky tricky white boy’: At’s a way to drive a wedge between Bashar Assad & the Armed forces!
The initial love affair the public had with the ruling Armed Forces when they deployed into the cities 10 months ago has given way to loud mistrust. Where did things go wrong? Amirah Ibrahim reports
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Outrage over constitutional proposals which would seem to have guaranteed virtual Armed Forces dominance of any new Egyptian government has led to at least a partial backdown on the part of the interim government and, presumably, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
There have been many calls for a declaration of n”supra-constitutional principles” which would guant4ee certain key principles in any new Constitution; many of the advocates have in mind something along the lines of the US Bill of Rights, guaranteeing the rights of minorities, the nature of the civil state, etc. The Army seems to see protecting its own prerogatives as the first order of business.
Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs Ali El-Selmy laid out a set of proposed articles that would have given the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) overall responsibiliry for overseeing the actions of Parliament, would have given it a major role in choosing the members who will draft a new Constitution, and most controversially, would have guaranteed the secrecy of the military budget and deprived Parliament of any power to debate it.
These proposals led to walkouts by some parties and a broad rejection by parties ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood’s new party to liberal democrats, and calls for Selmy’s resignation.
Now, Selmy has announced that he will “amend” some of the proposals, to give the National Defense Council a role in the defense budget and otherwise to avoid some of the excessive claims of military prerogative implied in the original proposals.
Though the rollback may be sufficient to please some, the controversy erupted in the midst of the growing concerns about the Army’s role in the Maspero killings, a growing crackdown on the independent media, the arrest of blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, and a growing concern that Egypt is looking more like a country under military rule than a country in revolution. The role of SCAF will obviously be an issue in the election campaign, though some feel the (SCAF-designed) electoral system is deliberately designed to produce a weak Parliament.