military on account of their corruption, rampant human rights abuses and blocking the transition to true democracy.
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SCAF was slowly being revealed for what it really was: a new form of dictatorship just as cruel as the last. Yet, for a few moments during the parlimentary elections, it looked like Egypt might just get a bit of democracy. People came out and voted in a generally fair and free manner. Yet on June 14th 2012, the Supreme Consitutional Court invalidated the elections, Parliment was dissolved and Ahmed Shafik was allowed to run for President, despite being one of Mubarak's closest friends and former prime minister, which came on top of disqualification of 10 out of the 23 presidental candidates in April. This help set up a false choice between the old regime (represented by Ahmed Shafik) and the Muslim Brotherhood (represented by Mohammed Morsi), which was only exacerbated by the lack of organization and unification on the part of activists. Mohammed Baradei, a respected pro-democracy activist, reacted by removing himself from the race, citing the lack of a "democratic framework." On June 17th the New York Times reported that the military's new charter "grants them the power to control the prime minister, lawmaking, the national budget, and declarations of war, without any supervision or oversight." Democracy in Egypt looks less and less likely as each month passes and SCAF establishes new ways to dominate the state.
|Protesters in Tahrir on June 19th|
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