Egypt's generals issue 'constitutional decree' (updated)

It's supposed to govern the powers granted to the president and lay out conditions for a new parliamentary election. But that's just the official line. What the generals have decreed is permanent power for the military with a subservient civilian authority. CSM: The military made its move last night, just as polls were closing in the final round of the country's first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak's ouster last year. Coming on the heels of the military's dissolution of an elected parliament and declaration of near martial law, it consolidates the military's power before a new president takes office by the end of the month. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has granted itself legislative authority until a new parliament is elected, control over the process of writing Egypt's permanent constitution, and eliminated any civilian oversight of the military. "For us, really, it's a declaration of war," says Hossam Bahgat, head of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal...(Read Full Post)