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The Constitutional Court Rulings and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: An Interview with Lina Attalah

[Egyptian soldiers stand guard during a protest in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt's highest court, in Cairo on Thursday 14 June 2012. Image from AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)] [Egyptian soldiers stand guard during a protest in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Egypt's highest court, in Cairo on Thursday 14 June 2012. Image from AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)]

With presidential run-off elections set to take place 16-17 June 2012, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court affirmed the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq (Mubarak's last prime minister) and nullified the parliamentary elections from earlier this year (thus dissoliving parliament). Despite ongoing debates about the efficacy of parliamentary and presidential powers vis-a-vis SCAF and other unaccountable centers of power, the rulings represent a major victory for counter-revolutionary forces in Egypt. In this interview, Egyptian journalist Lina Attalah, who serves as managing editor of Egypt Independent, discusses how to interpret the court's rulings, the response of formal political parties (liberals, leftist, and Islamists), and what options exist for those activists seeking to advance the revolutionary demands of the Egyptian uprising. Her analysis offers important nuances to understanding the role of the Constitutional Court, the inter-play between civilian-military and secular-Islamist divides, and the political and organizational horizons of on-the-ground activists.

1 comment for "The Constitutional Court Rulings and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: An Interview with Lina Attalah"

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If a lot of Egyptian revolutionaries are planning to boycott the election, and Shafiq ends-up winning because of that, then what are their plan next, what are they planning to do about it, return to Tahrir to throw him off ?? And isn't boycotting wouldn't mean more stupid move thus leaving more room for the stanch supporter of counter-revolutionists to bring back with vangeance the old order?

Frane wrote on June 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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