Egypt is poised for historic elections and likely more protests this weekend.
The military-led government vowed voting for the next president will proceed as scheduled, even though the country is now under martial law.
"Of course, this time they don't have much of a choice," explained Mona Makram Ebeid, with American University, Cairo. "This is between somebody who is going to safeguard a civil society and somebody who wants to return us to an Islamic state."
The army took control of the country Thursday after Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ordered the parliament dissolved.
The court, which was appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak, also said former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq could stay in the presidential race. Shafiq served under the Mubarak regime.
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Islamists dominate Egypt's parliament and responded angrily to the news. The Muslim Brotherhood called Thursday's actions a soft military coup that could send Egypt down a "dark tunnel."
"If parliament is dissolved, the country will enter a dark tunnel -- the coming president will face neither a parliament nor a constitution," Essam el-Erian, a senior Brotherhood official, told Reuters (ITALICS).
Senior Brotherhood leader and lawmaker Mohammed el-Beltagy said the court's actions were nothing short of a "full-fledged coup."
"This is the Egypt that Shafiq and the military council want and which I will not accept no matter how dear the price is," he wrote on his Facebook page.
Shafiq supporters celebrated the court ruling at his presidential campaign headquarters.
"The message of this historic verdict is that the era of political score-settling has ended," Shafiq told cheering supporters in Cairo. "The constitutional court has confirmed my right to participate in the election and reinforced the legitimacy of this election."
Meanwhile, Egypt's citizens are caught in the middle of the fight for power.
"The people that made the revolution, now they are between the old regime and the Islamists and they do not want both," Egyptian voter Raymond Boulos said. "But I am more with Shafiq because I do not want the Islamic Brothers to rule the country."
"I want a democratic country. I do not want an Islamic country," voter Shohda Ahmed added.
"But, at the same time, when I think of the people who died in Tahrir square, I think it will be so hard to choose Shafiq, so I think I will not choose anyone, Morsi or Shafiq," she continued. "I think that I will stop voting at this horrible time."