- Posted June 27, 2012 by
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The Mideast Watch - Egypt Edition
Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi continues to settle in as the world watches wondering how the power struggle with the ruling miltary command will end. While US Senators offer cautious optimism. Morsi is slated to be sworn in on Saturday.
Presidential Loser Skips Out: Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister and loser of the presidential runoff, left Egypt Tuesday with most of his family for the United Arab Emirates hours after the prosecutor general opened an investigation into allegations he wasted public funds during his 8-year term as a civil aviation minister in the ousted regime.
Settling In: Egypt's first democratically elected president moved into his offices Monday and began the work of putting together a government, an adviser to the transition team told CNN.
President-elect Mohamed Morsi is picking people to serve in his Cabinet, but the process is deliberate and "won't end in a day," said Jihad Haddad, the adviser.
Seeking Diversity: Islamist President-elect Mohamed Mursi began talks on Wednesday with groups nervous about where he will take Egypt after the generals who have ruled since Hosni Mubarak's fall make way for the republic's first civilian leader.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Mursi to bring diverse groups into his government, mentioning Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, secular-minded Egyptians and young people.
Female & Christian VPs: Christiane Amanpour is reporting that Morsi is reaching out to tap a female and Christians to bring into his new government.
There’s been a dramatic change of fate in Egypt: Mohamed Morsi was once a prisoner under President Hosni Mubarak. Now Morsi is president-elect of Egypt, at the very same time Mubarak is serving his sentence in the notorious Tora Prison. Now Egypt’s minorities wait to see how their fates will change – among them, Coptic Christians and women.
Monday, Morsi’s policy adviser, Ahmed Deif, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that to allay minority fears, Morsi will execute a strategy of “inclusiveness, inclusiveness, inclusiveness.”
Deif said one of Morsi’s first steps will be to appoint a vice president who is Christian and another Vice President who is a woman.
Martial Law Nixed: A move by Egypt's ruling generals to revive martial law was blunted Tuesday by a court that struck down a government decree that had allowed soldiers and military intelligence services to arrest civilians during the nation's political turmoil.
The decision by an administrative court, which followed an outcry from human rights groups, was a rebuke to the ruling generals, who have tightened their hold on the country to prevent newly elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from accumulating power. The decree had given the army authority to target activists protesting against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
Senate Support: U.S. senators are closely monitoring Egypt’s political transition, including California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“This new Egyptian government can go either way. It can open to the ideas of others," said Feinstein. "It can work to develop a vibrant economy for the people, jobs for this very young country with so many young people. Or it can turn inward into Sharia law and a much more fundamentalist Muslim country. And that is the worry.”
Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, is taking a wait-and-see approach.
“Everyone has concerns. But I will be traveling there [to Egypt] in the next couple of months, and I look forward to sitting down with the new president," said Corker.
"The presidency - a lot of the powers that normally would reside there have been taken away," Corker added. "The military is the main entity there now, and I have concerns about that. Certainly, all of us want to see them move to a real democracy.”
From the Corfield, the power struggle in Egypt continues. All we can do is hope that Morsi does not abandoned the Camp David Accords. A move to do so could put the US in the middle of yet another Mideastern war.