Woman shows inked finger after voting in Egypt 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Over the weekend, ahead of the first round of parliamentary elections slated for
next Monday, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square. It
seemed a sterling example of positive democratic forces pushing back against an
evil military junta vying to retain control. The multitudes who took to the
streets were, after all, demanding their right to democratic representation in
free and open elections.Protesters criticized the Supreme Council of
Armed Force (SCAF) for delaying the transfer of power to the people. SCAF, which
took over in the wake of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, originally pledged
to give control to civilians by September. Now it says a presidential election
will not take place before 2013. And last week SCAF laid out a blueprint for the
next constitution, giving the military special political powers and protection
from civilian oversight. Outraged, Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square in
numbers not seen since July.
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