There was a military coup in 1952 and Gamal Nassar seized power. That was 1952 and King Farrukh of Egypt sailed away to Monaco. That was the beginning and the Army began a rule that has gone on for almost 60 years. Inbetween came Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, but the central theme was rule by the military.
During these 60 years teh Army has been at loggerheads with the extremists represented by the Muslim Brotherhood. They engineered the murder of Anwar Sadat and were banned. Many were imprisoned and executed by the military. So no love is lost between theArmy and the Brotherhood.
The fall of Hosni Mubarak opened the door for these militant groups to come back, but the going for this group is not going to be easy as the army with support from the USA will not hand over power to anyone professing a radical Islamic philosophy. The situation has not changed and the Egypt Constitutional Court has dissolved the elected parliament. Thsi is a step in curtailing the power of the Muslim brotherhood.
The Presiential election is also not smooth. The election is over and some accounts point to the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Dr Morsi may have won. But the army has withheld the result and its anybodys guess when it will be announced. But again the President will be severely shackled as with no parliament and power with the Supreme Revolutionary Council, his functioning will be almost like a titular head.
The army will not give up power and Dr Morsi will not give up his right. The other candidate also claims victory. So the kettle is boiling. It does not appear that teh coup of 1952 is lapsed, on the contrary it appears reinforced. The USA is on the side of the Army and that is a pointer to the way things are going to happen. All in all another clash is imminent and maybe the brotherhood may again have to go underground.