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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Well, I'm Glad THAT's All Cleared Up Now

Today was the original day when the election results in Egypt were to be announced. Now it appears they'll be announced Sunday.That announcement has, of course, put a stop to all the competing rumors. [No, Just Kidding!] There are confident reports making it pretty clear that one side or the other is going to win. Or vice versa.

Here's a report that says that SCAF will never let the Muslim Brotherhood be declared the winners.

And here's a report that says the Muslim Brotherhood candidate will be declared the winner on Sunday:
Take your pick. Meanwhile there have been statements suggesting that the new President's term will last only until there is a new constitution in place, so that even if Morsi wins he might be out in new elections in less than a year, with Big Brother SCAF keeping a close eye in the meantime.

Most of these reports come from reporters who heard it from a friend who has a cousin who's close to somebody in SCAF, and similar confident sourcing. I suspect some of these "military source" quotes may be from somebody's nephew who's a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps or some such, too. And is thus privy to the inner workings of the high command. (Notice I said second lieutenant. If it was a first sergeant I might believe it.)

All the rumors should probably be discounted. Although I think we can be confident that Husni Mubarak is still either dead or alive. Or vice versa.

But wait! Hold the presses! This one may be true:

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