The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Morsi Plays the Military Card

Egypt’s President Morsi has given the army permission to arrest civilians, Reuters reports:

A decree issued by Mursi late on Sunday gives the armed forces the power to arrest civilians and refer them to prosecutors until the announcement of the results of the referendum, which the protesters want cancelled.

This might be important, as several groups allied or opposed to Morsi have planned huge protest marches for tomorrow.

Presumably this means the military is willing to allow Morsi to push a bad constitution through. Morsi stripped the military of its overwhelming powers during the political transition this year, but his draft constitution sets up a national defense council that will be dominated by generals.

Looking ahead, Via Meadia expects Morsi’s constitution to go through, given that many voters will see the election as an up or down vote on Islamic government.

Published on December 10, 2012 5:00 pm