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Will Egypt's military council turn into a pumpkin?

If parliament continues to assert its power, the answer is yes, one expert says.
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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) walks next to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, prior to their meeting at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Cairo on May 30, 2011. (Khalil Hamra-Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO, Egypt – Senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nathan J. Brown, says midnight is approaching for the Egyptian military's "Cinderella story." 

In a piece in Foreign Policy Magazine, the Middle East politics expert writes that unless Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), the coterie of generals that seized power during the uprising, "has the appetite for a second coup, or somehow discovers a way to shoehorn in its puppet as president, the constitutional vehicle that gave the military such political authority will soon turn into a pumpkin."

Brown argues that SCAF's timeline to democratic transition was less a nefarious plot than just a complete lack of political vision.

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Regardless, things are falling into place for parliament to guard its role in choosing the constitutional committee, and for a civilian president to be elected by the end of the May. 

"Critical aspects of Egyptian authoritarianism," Brown writes. "are waning."