So with all this presidential election business, in reality the past 24 hours or so seem to have been quite good for SCAF:
  1. SCAF appointed the president's chief staff including chief of staff (رئيسًا لديوان رئاسة الجمهورية) 
  2. They decided that the "'new president is a transitional one, for few months only'"
  3. Authorization of military to arrest civilians (emergency law back again yaani, they put it to good use pretty quick, see #7 in list below... was a good two weeks though guys!)
  4. Formation of National Defense Council with, as of yet, unstated duties

Plus via constitutional deceleration:
  1. Full legislative powers until new parliament elected
  2. Right to create a constituent assembly if elected one fails to complete its work,
  3. Head of SCAF acts as commander in chief
  4. Veto power on president's ability to declare war
  5. Full control of army budget, 
  6. Responsibility for appointment of commanders and extension of their tenure (i.e. they can give themselves contract extensions)
  7. If internal unrest occurs they have ability to veto presidential request to "maintain security and defend public properties"... Somewhat comically they go on to state that "current Egyptian law stipulates the powers of the armed forces and its authorities in cases where the military can use force, arrest or detain." (current in that they just allowed it for themselves a week ago)
  8. Ability to veto text within constitution that contradicts the "goals of the revolution and its basic principles" or "the principles mentioned in previous Egyptian constitutions" (nice side note to this also, keep in mind previous rulings of the HCC:  "Should the constituent assembly object to revising the contentious article, the article will be referred to the High Constitutional Court (HCC) which will then be obliged to give its verdict within seven days. The HCC's decision is final and will be published in the official gazette within three days from the date of issuance.")

Please let me know if I missed anything...

(If interested, all SCAF related blog posts can be found here and SCAF's dedicated page can be found here)

                           Wi Allaho Al Mowafaq Al Mosta3an 



Andrew REid
06/18/2012 15:59

Via the SCC, dissolved parliament and allowed Shafiq to run.
And a couple of weeks ago via the criminal court, convicted Mubarak and el Adly but acquitted Gamal, Alaa and 6 police generals.

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