Egypt army moves to secure key role in country’s future

21.07.2011                      19.Tammus, 5771


Egypt army moves to secure key role in country's future

General's call for military to protect Egypt from "whims" of future president prompts outcry by critics over Islamist influence in gov't.

The military establishment running Egypt’s interim regime is discreetly moving to ensure that the army retains its influence over Cairo’s post-revolutionary government – leading some who welcomed former president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster to question whether Egypt can break free from the iron grip the military has kept over the country for most of its modern history.
Bowing to popular pressure, the Supreme Military Council announced last week that it would draft a set of guidelines for writing a new constitution after national elections, originally scheduled for September but which could be held as late as November….