It is clear that the main precondition is, first and foremost, that the first round of the presidential elections on July 18th and the second round that may be held on August 1st must be transparent, since the last presidential elections in 2007 were marred by the bias of military figures who supported the president only to eventually overthrow him.
To protect democracy and avoid a further coup d’état, the future president who is voted into office in these July 2009 elections will have to be able to command respect. In other words, he must have full powers, beginning with the army, which must be properly under his control.
He will also have to make the various authorities operate in harmony by giving them full powers so that each can play its role fully and entirely independently.
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