Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Military decree by SMS

We've had some cryptic SMSs from mysterious authorities over the past few weeks. But the one I received just now was the first to come up on screen with Armed Forces named as the sender. "The Supreme Armed Forces Council has decided to suspend the constitution and dissolve the People's Assembly and the Shoura Council," it said in Arabic. Is this the first time, I wonder, that a military junta has propagated its decrees by mass SMSs? If so, they seem to be have teething troubles. The decree is already two days old and it doesn't seem to have reached all mobile phones.

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