Rami Khouri on Egypt

Ending Egypt’s ‘Officers’ Republic’
Agence Global
August 15, 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: Egypt

“BEIRUT — There seems to be an endless stream of dramatic political developments in Egypt since the overthrow of Husni Mubarak’s rule a year and a half ago this week. The latest is the move by President Mohamad Mursi to retire the most senior armed forces officers and regain some presidential constitutional prerogatives that those officers had taken for themselves in June. The immediate apparent tug-of-war for supreme national authority between the armed forces and the president (who is seen as a proxy for the Muslim Brotherhood) hides several historic and longer term developments of profound importance to Egypt and the entire Arab world that Egypt usually influences.”

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