See also all my election blog posts to date:
- May 22: Mubarak's Spy chief Warns of Military Coup in Egypt
- May 24: Egypt Election Day: Top 5 contenders still in play
- May 25: Egypt 2012 Election Results: Mubarak's Man & Muslim Brotherhood in the 2nd Round?
- May 26: Egypt Election Results Update: Ahmed Shafiq to Face Muslim Brotherhood!
- June 2: Hosni Mubarak Jailed For Life! But Parts of His Regime Still Stand...
- June 5: Reaction to Mubarak's Verdict: Fourth Day of Protests in Egypt
- June 5: Freedom and Justice Party: Can Egyptian Islamists Win Presidential Polls?
- June 14: Egypt's Parliament Dissolved: A Military Coup?
- June 18: Muslim Brotherhood Wins Presidential Elections - And Loses All Power
- June 18: Why is Egypt's Transition Such a Mess?
- June 20: Confusion in Egypt Grows: Mubarak (Un)Dead?
- June 26: Egypt Presidential Election Analysis: 5 Things We Learned
Meanwhile, headlines keep streaming in almost by the hour. Egypt's new president Mohammad Morsi is reportedly busy mulling his choices for positions in the first civilian-appointed government cabinet since the fall of Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago. This looks like the first significant concession to the new president-elect by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the interim governing body which until recently reserved the right to appoint the cabinet, staffing it with pliant figures that had served under Mubarak.
For his part, Morsi has pledged to consult with the military on the choice of defense minister. That goes without saying, since the position is occupied by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of SCAF, who will also remain the commander-in-chief of the armed forces (see report in The Guardian). We shall soon know what else the military will want in exchange for giving the new president some breathing space.
Read more about Morsi-military relationship in this extensive piece published today by Egypt Independent: In "Islamist" Egypt, generals still have final say.
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