Political and constitutional turmoil stalks Cairo

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Political and constitutional turmoil stalks Cairo

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The decision of Egypt’s Presidential Election Commission to delay announcing the results of last weekend’s presidential run-off has added to the uncertainty stalking the streets of Cairo.

To compound the political and constitutional turmoil, the announcement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak is seriously ill in hospital has cranked up the insecurity.

On Tahrir Square, the seat of the recent revolution, politics dominates:
“The military council is invading the rights of the legislative body by dissolving the parliament without legal backing. The Constitutional Court gives recommendations, and even if there was a decision to dissolve the parliament you do not forbid them from working, you continue until there are new elections that will vote in a new parliament,” said one protester.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of the difficulties facing post-revolution Egypt:

“The military has to assume the appropriate role which is not to try to interfere with, dominate or subvert the constitutional authority. They have to get a constitution written. There is a lot of hard work ahead,” she said.

Supporters of both presidential candidates, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak’s former Prime Minister, are making their presence felt at nightly protests in Tahrir.