That's the good news. The slightly worrisome news is that they plan to rule the country for six months. It worries me, because that's plenty of time for them to become entrenched in their power, and after that long they just might be a little reticent about turning over the government to any democratically-elected party.
But then again, (from CNN):
Egypt's military dissolved the country's Parliament and suspended its Constitution Sunday following the ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, telling Egyptians it would be in charge for six months or until elections can be held.That last bit is encouraging. Rather than the wholesale anarchy that we allowed in Iraq after we "liberated" them ("They're free now, so that means they're free to loot!"), the Egyptian military seems to want to take care of the citizens and prevent that sort of chaos.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it would appoint a committee to propose changes to the Constitution, which would then be submitted to voters. The council will have the power to issue new laws during the transition period, according to a communique read on state television.
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's ambassador to the United States, said Sunday that the generals have made restoring security and reviving the economy its top priorities.
It'll probably be several weeks before we see sure signs of democracy. They'll need to adopt a new temporary constitution that's more tolerant of opposition political parties, and they'll have to create a blueprint for fair and legal elections.
All things considered, this may be the very best thing that happened in the region in more than ten years.