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WASHINGTON – The Egyptian military has launched what looks like a “soft coup” as voters elect a new president who appears to be the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamad Morsi, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

He now is expected to become a figurehead as full power in the nation will reside with the military, which has written its own constitution in an effort to limit severely the authority of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, which has been running the country since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in January 2011, not only has invalidated candidates for the presidency but through a high court run ostensibly by the SCAF has ordered parliament to dissolve.

That parliament had a collective majority formed by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists.

Prior to that action, the SCAF-controlled Cairo Administrative Court had suspended the parliament-appointed drafting panel dominated by the Islamists to rewrite the constitution.

In assuming legislative powers, the SCAF now will issue one of its own. The SCAF will complete its work in three months, set a timeline for new parliamentary elections to be approved by referendum and will have a provision that vetoes any article it determines is “contrary to the supreme interests of the country.”

As expected, the Muslim Brotherhood rejected the decree setting all of this in motion, saying it was “null and unconstitutional.”

For now, the SCAF intends to retain control of all legislative and budgetary functions now that the parliament has been dissolved. Soon SCAF is expected to issue a constitutional declaration consolidating its powers, just as people thought the military would yield its 60-year-long control over the country’s politics, judiciary and economy.

The military, however, says it will turn over power once a new order has been established.

But that new order will ensure firm control by the military over the government.

The SCAF also intends to issue new rules for the formation of a constituent assembly and will require the new president to be sworn in before the SCAF and not the lower house of parliament.

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