Thursday’s Egyptian high court rulings that will force the dissolution of the country’s freely elected, Islamist-dominated parliament and allow Ahmed Shafiq, a former Mubarak-era prime minister, to participate in a runoff presidential election this weekend have prompted activists to call for a protest march on the eve of the vote.
The Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño and Leila Fadel reported Friday that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned that the court’s decisions could “wipe out” the gains of last year’s revolution.
Videos from correspondents in Egypt depict a flabbergasted citizenry, which has seen the first free election in the country’s modern era nullified by the court.
“There’s a sense of shell shock … within the Egyptian society,” al-Jazeera’s Mike Hanna said Friday, adding that several “protest movements” have called for Egyptians to fill Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 revolt, to demonstrate against the court rulings and the election.
Reuters reported that despite Thursday’s court ruling necessitating the disbandment of parliament, the weekend election, which pits Shafiq against the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, would take place as planned. Without a standing legislative branch of government, many worry that the country’s fragile system of checks and balances is now in jeopardy.
We are now legally, constitutionally, and directly under military rule/dictatorship #Egypt— Gigi Ibrahim(@Gsquare86) June 14, 2012
The BBC has put together a smorgasbord of editorials and news reports from the Middle East that highlight the collective fear of a coup in Egypt.
Al-Jazeera is also live-blogging the events unfolding in the country, which activists are saying amount to a “constitutional crisis.”
The video footage below shows one of the latest protests in Cairo over the high court’s Thursday rulings.
Click below to see photos of the reactions after the rulings.