Judges in Egypt’s Supreme Court, who were appointed by Hosni Mubarek, have dissolved the democratically elected Parliament. They determined that Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, can participate in the presidential runoff this weekend.
The power struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and the supreme council of the armed forces (Scaf)is now front and center. The Brotherhood’s power base was in the Parliament.
Without a Parliament, the generals have a clear path to victory and what many fear is a Mubarek-style government. Opponents of the Brotherhood fear that they intend to turn Egypt into an Islamic state with fewer freedoms.
The Muslim Brotherhood said this action by the Supreme Court is equivalent to a coup and they are determined to bring people into the streets to reverse the decision.
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