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?
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”.