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  • Hand over Bush and Cheney to who?

  • I’m no expert on the Egyptian Constitution but essentially Article 76 refers to Presidential elections and the criteria for being a candidate. Specifically it states that:

    The President shall be elected by direct, public, secret ballot. For an applicant to be accepted as a candidate to presidency, he shall be supported by at least 250 elected members of the People’s Assembly, the Shura Council and local popular councils on governorate level, provided that those shall include at least 65 members of the People’s Assembly, 25 of the Shura Council and ten of every local council in at least 14 governorates.

    The People’s Assembly has 508 seats. In the 2010 election the NDP (Mubrarak’s party, which has had power since 1953) claimed 420 of those seats, up 90 from the previous elections, the Muslim Brotherhood lost all 88 seats it formerly held. Sixty-eight seats are held by independents who are, by and large, former NDP members. Given this, do you honestly expect an election held under the auspices of the current constitution to be free and fair? Without the backing of the NDP you couldn’t even get on the ballot. There are no intricacies to negotiate in their constitution, just closed doors.

    Granted sixty days is too narrow a window to establish everything on the ground needed for an election to be held, 120-180 seems more reasonable. A partial suspension of their constitution would be required as well and I would go with a requirement of a petition with x number of signatures within 45 days in order for someone to run for Presidential office.

    But nothing like this will happen. There is no interest on behalf of the US government in seeing a Egypt that is an unpredictable democracy or worse yet the rise of another theocracy (doubtful given the secularism of the majority of Egyptians). Far better to deal with a predictable autocracy, repugnant as it may be, to further our geopolitical aims and goals. And the Davos men would be most appreciative of this.

  • That’s the spin the State Dept rep was putting on NPR this morning. Something about if Muburak resigns the Egyptian constitution requires an election in 60 days or so and there are only one or two opposition parties available that are organized enough to be able to participate, the Muslim Brotherhood being one of them and he angled that in a nefarious sense, though he never came out and said out right they are scary Islamist…they’re setting up to maintain status quo while pulling an Orwellian trick that the status quo has been revoked by the will of the people…in a way this makes me miss the Bushies and their neocon pals. With them the packaging was no where near as slick as Obama’s, they’d just come out and say they wanted the tanks to roll in Cairo and end the nonsense.

  • Eh, on NPR this morning someone from State Dept. essentially echoed Cheney’s words. The plutocracy doesn’t like all this rabble in the street stuff, its bad for business. The Davos men have pushed Muburak aside and are now relying on Suleiman to clean it all up.