Has Egyptian reform stalled under military leadership?
Has Egyptian reform stalled under military leadership?Activists protest against SCAF and Mubarak loyalists as politicians threaten to boycott the upcoming election.
Organisers with Egypt’s reform movement, including the Democratic Coalition, took to the streets for another round of protests on Friday, with calls for a million-man march in Tahrir Square. Pro-democracy activists said the ruling military authority, known as the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), has failed to deliver on promises of reform and has been too slow to transfer power to civilian leaders.
In particular, they say SCAF leader Mohammed Hussein Tantawi has been lax in prosecuting the deaths of more than 800 protestors likely killed by security forces during the anti-Mubarak uprising earlier this year. Tantawi and the military council have also failed to end emergency law, which has been in place continuously since Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1981.
Some political parties, including several Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups, said they will not participate in the street protests, preferring to wait for the army to respond formally to their demands.
Activists also spoke out against the ongoing influence of Mubarak loyalists. Parties from all sections of Egypt’s political spectrum are threatening to boycott upcoming elections unless the country’s leadership agrees to amend an election law stipulating one-third of parliamentary seats be reserved for independent candidates (those who do not represent any parties).
Opponents of the law say the reserved seats favour remnants of the Mubarak regime because loyalists still have disproportionate access to money and political influence.
Pro-democracy parties are also pushing the military leadership to reinstate an anti-treason law that punishes abuses of power. Its passage would effectively block many Mubarak supporters from taking office for years.
Elections are scheduled for November 28.
Here are some of the day's events.