Egypt’s Mubarak steps down – Armed Forces take control

But is Egypt really free? We’re seeing a military coup right? Of course, Egypt’s Constitution provides specific detail concerning who is to take charge if the president resigns, and those instructions do not include the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces taking over … but why even bother with the countries own Constitution ya know?

Writing… Malkin, Hoft, Hot Air and Sweetness & Light.


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned Friday, relinquishing power after three decades of iron-clad rule in the powerhouse nation of the Arab world.

Vice President Omar Suleiman announced the resignation on state television and said he was transferring authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to “run the affairs of the country.”

Tens of thousands of emotional anti-government protesters erupted in deafening cheers on the streets of Cairo after the announcement.

“Egypt is free!” they chanted.

Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will be running the affairs of the country? It’s my understanding the speaker of parliament or, in the absence of parliament­, the chief justice of the Supreme Constituti­onal Court if the president of Egypt resigns. Link.

Egypt’s constitution stipulates that if the president resigns or his office becomes permanently “vacant”, he must be replaced by the speaker of Parliament or, in the absence of parliament, the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court. In the event of the president’s temporary inability to exercise his prerogatives, the vice president is to take over as the interim head of state. In both cases a new president must be elected within 60 days.

We’ll see what happens “within 60 days”.

6 replies
  1. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    Looks like they ran the list of prospective leaders.  And when it came to the VP, well, it looks like he declined and decided it was best for the military to take charge. 

    Just a guess on my part – but after 30 years of Mubarak, one would think that most of the government is under his thumb and not trusted by the Egyptians.  It is probably wisest to put the military in charge for safety sake.  

    60 days and counting.  If the military decides to stay in power, then we can call it a military coup – until then  – the coup belongs to the Egyptian people. 

  2. David R
    David R says:

    Let's see what the USA does to preserve its interests in Egypt. The democratic interests of the Egyptian people will take a back seat if they are not consistent with our strategic goals in the region, which are aimed at preserving western control of the middle-east's oil. This policy is set in stone and has nothing to do with who's in office here.

  3. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I'm waiting to see if the majority of those rioting are truly wanting independence or if they are the lazy and not wishing to be employed. if they are the latter, they will not be willing to rebuild their country but just keep wanting to be supported. In any case, I say cut off aid. What will be, will be, but we can't afford to pay anymore.

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