The power games in Egypt, between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Muslim Brotherhood since President Mohammed Morsi was elected, can be best described as a tango. One step forward, two steps back and vice versa. Nonetheless, as a firm admirer of Rocky Balboa – including the sixth film – I prefer to use a metaphor related to my hero: It's a boxing match between two giants, Rocky versus Apollo Creed, (or perhaps Rocky versus van Drago?), with both sides, the council and the Brotherhood, fighting it out in the center of the ring, trying to knock-out their rival. I won't reveal who, in my opinion, is Rocky.
Egypt's problem is that at the end of the first round, neither of the sides can currently function without the other's help. The council's first move was to resolve the Parliament and grab some of the president's powers. Morsi reacted by publishing a presidential decree to reassemble the lower house of parliament, despite the ruling of the Constitutional Court that the presidential elections were unconstitutional.
It's hard to determine the legality of Morsi's move, considering the twists and turns of the new Egyptian constitution. But the decision to reassemble the parliament seemed "too much, too early." Egypt is yet to witness more blows exchanged between the two sides. Still, it is interesting that the Brotherhood decided to stand up and face the council, only nine days after Morsi was sworn in. In the Rocky films, it would be considered a strange move, attacking your rival with all your might from the start, since they never ever fall in the first round.
The Muslim Brotherhood might have understood its mistake by examining the negative reaction of other political bodies to Morsi's decree. The speaker of the lower house of Parliament, Mohamed Saad El- Katani (a Brotherhood leader), loyally assembled the lower house (the "People's Assembly"). But barely 12 minutes later, he announced that the assembly would respect the law and reconvene after the decision of the appeal against the Constitutional Court. The military council opted to allow the Parliament to convene, choosing to avoid open confrontation.
In other words, both boxers have taken a short intermission. But don't worry - this fight is to be continued. Get ready to rumble!
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