A political analyst says Egypt’s president-elect Mohamed Morsi was referring to the United States when he spoke of an Egypt “independent from foreign influence.”
The comment comes as Morsi on Friday addressed the nation in the capital Cairo's iconic Liberation Square, promising an independent Egypt to tens of thousands of people who had packed into the square.
"We will complete the journey in a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state," said Morsi.
Vowing to achieve the goals of the Egyptian Revolution, Morsi added that the power of people is above all; that no one can take away the president's authorities and rights of people’s representatives in the parliament.
The newly elected president is, however, already facing a serious challenge after the military rulers who oversee the transition took a series of decisions undermining the powers of the president.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty
at the Independent Institute
, Ivan Eland, to further discuss the issue.
The show also offers the opinions of two additional guests: Muslim Brotherhood’s Spokesman, Waleed al-Haddad and author and Middle East Affairs Expert, Saeb Shaath.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview:
Ivan Eland, welcome, we had one guest Waleed al-Hadad Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman saying that Morsi’s power coming from the people not from SCAF but we have Saeb Shaath our guest there from Belfast, he said that Mohammed Morsi needs to unite people behind them for the battle ahead. What is your take on those two observations, which one is true? Elaborate on what powers Mohamed Morsi really is going to end up with?
Well, I think the interim constitution limits what he can do and that’s a shame because he got elected in a fair election though what is he elected to, they’ve removed all the power from the office.
So I think his best shot and I think he’s doing that to some extent is trying to get other groups besides the Muslim Brotherhood to support him against the military and I think that’s the only way he’s going to do it because I think the military fears the people on the streets and if he can bring the people into the streets once again to get his power back that’s what he’ll have to do I think.
In reference to the speech by Morsi give us your thoughts when he said “an Egypt free from outside powers” which countries was that in reference to? Some say the United States. He also said free in its territory and free in its movements and in addition he said we are capable of responding and preventing any assault or aggression against us. Tell us your thoughts on who Morsi may have been referring to there?
Well, I think he’s talking about the United States, the United States is allied with the military and provides a lot of military aid and the US has Democratic rhetoric but if you look over the course of history the US has favored stability rather than democracy.
So of course they may say that they support the elections result but on the other hand sometimes the US behind the scenes is supporting the military and still giving them billions of dollars in aid.
So I think he is talking about the United States there and I think that this is a factor in there. I think the United States actually should have minimal interference in this but that doesn’t mean that that will happen so we’ll see what happens.
But clearly the Egyptians had to decide this and I think the military has shown the first time, the first revolution that they did fear the power of the people so I think the new president if he can marshal and get a bunch of groups together and show that he’s got a broad coalition and he’s not going to take it too far down the Islamist road, then he’ll get support and hopefully peacefully he’ll get back some of his power.
But there is always the potential when you’re using the street against the military for unforeseen events to break out and carry the revolution in a way that would be more destructive, which we hope will not happen.
I hope it’s peacefully done and I hope he can get power back from the military, at least some power he may have to compromise with them but his office right now has been denuded of power so I think he’s got to focus on getting as wide a support as he can to use in a moral plan, in getting people on the street and that’s the only thing cause the military has the guns and he has to have society behind him to have leverage over the military.