The Continuing Coup in Cairo


CNN reports:

Time to do it again?

Egypt's highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country's interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country's leadership.

The Supreme Constitutional Court's ruling means that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported….

The court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.

Parliament had been in session for just over four months. It was dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak's ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will write the country's new constitution by Friday.

Elsewhere in Reason: In the last days of the Hosni Mubarak regime, I warned what could happen if the military co-opted the revolution and kept control of the country.