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Posted Nov. 30, 2011
Interview with Seif Da’Na, associate professor of sociology and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, conducted by Scott Harris
When tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last spring demanding the ouster of U.S.-supported dictator Hosni Mubarak, the nation’s armed forces played a decisive role in forcing Mubarak to resign on Feb. 11. When Mubarak ended his 30-year reign of power, it fell to Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to organize the nation’s transition to democracy. Initially, the military promised a six-month transition period, after which they would step aside to make way for civilian rule.
But when the generals extended their leading role in government to two years, Egyptians again took to the streets last week gathering in Tahrir Square and other cities demanding a rapid transfer to civilian control, with some calling for a delay in the first round of parliamentary elections. Clashes between police and protesters left more than 40 dead just days before voters went to the polls on Nov. 28 to cast ballots in the initial stage of the nation’s first post-Mubarak era parliamentary election.
Inflaming anger in the streets, the Egyptian generals stood by their plan to impose a constitution that would give the military control over its own budget and grant the army ultimate political power, as they appointed Kamal Ganzouri, a former Mubarak premier, Egypt’s new prime minister. While refusing to immediately step down, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces pledged instead that elections will be held for a new president by mid-2012, sooner than previously announced. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Seif Da’Na, associate professor of sociology and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, who explains why he believes the action of Egypt’s army constitutes a counter-revolution against the popular uprising that ousted Mubarak from power earlier this year.
For more information on Seif Da'Na, see Institute for Public Accuracy's pages on"The Mideast - A New Era - From Cairo and "Egypt’s Struggle Against Counter-Revolution: Role of Junta, U.S. and Saudi Arabia".