egypt military reluctant to yield power – 03min

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized
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CAIRO – Egypt’s military will retain broad executive powers, help shape the framing of a new constitution and keep its vast financial holdings hidden even after an elected parliament is seated, one of the ruling generals told foreign journalists Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Mukhtar Mulla sounded at times conciliatory and other times defensive or defiant in a rare two-hour interview that offered the most in-depth look to date at the vision that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has for Egypt’s democratic transition. Since they took power upon President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the reclusive generals typically have announced their plans via state media or an official Facebook page.

“We don’t speak of our work. We let our work speak for us,” Mulla said, explaining the opacity of the council’s inner workings and its financial portfolio.

The latest communique, issued Wednesday, hands executive powers to the military-appointed interim prime minister, Kamal el-Ganzouri, except for command of the armed forces and the judiciary.

Albert Mohler, The Briefing. Listen to full audio here.

 

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