With tensions rising in the wake of the ouster of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak through popular revolt, the military junta that has been installed as an “interim” ruling faction finally laid out the vague details of what it says are a timetable for an elected government.
The military’s council insisted that it “hope to hand over power within six months to a civilian authority,” and also said that despite some early indications to the contrary they don’t seek to continue ruling the nation beyond the interim period.
A number of opposition political activists have warned that they believe the revolution which ousted Mubarak is being hi-jacked by the military, and that their transition period is dangerously long for a group that supposedly doesn’t intend to retain power but still insists on ruling by edict under martial law.
Adding to this concern is that Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohamad Tantawi, the de facto ruler of the nation now, was vehemently opposed to democratic reforms for years, and amongst the strongest defenders of the status quo.
Though much of the opposition was relieved to see Mubarak replaced by anyone other than Omar Suleiman, the lack of transparency about where Egypt is headed, beyond vague proclamations of what they “hope” happens, still has many extremely uneasy.