Rami Khouri on Arab history

Why July 2012 Is a Bright Spot in Arab History
Agence Global
July 16, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Arab history

“BEIRUT — The sequence of political events in Egypt in the last two weeks was an important step on the long road to the reconfiguration of governance and politics in Egypt, because it highlighted the legitimacy of several critical actors who will long remain in some form of peaceful political confrontation. Within days we witnessed the following dramatic events: The elected president was declared to be Mohamed Morsi, who symbolically took the oath of office in front of a large crowd of supporters in Tahrir Square; then more formally repeated the same oath before the Constitutional Court; after which, he called the disbanded parliament into a single brief session that demanded a review of its dismissal by the Constitutional Court and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF); only to have the court and SCAF affirm that the parliament was disbanded and could not meet; which President Morsi then acknowledged and accepted as the law of the land.”

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