Egypt’s presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, said on Thursday that he respects the Supreme Constitutional Court’s ruling against the Political Isolation Law.
"I respect the decision of the Constitutional Court, as I always respect verdicts of such state institutions. And I support the principle of separation of powers," he told a local television station Dream TV.
Morsi called on the Egyptians to go to polling stations in June 16-17and safeguard the achievements of their popular revolution.
He also warned against any falsifying results of the upcoming election and said that he cannot allow the remnants of Egypt’s former regime to return to power.
On Thursday night, when addressing his supporters, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate said that it is a turning point in the history of Egypt now. The decision of the generals has already led to a wave of indignation in Cairo. But the real scale of protests will become clear after Friday’s prayer, Al-Masry Al-Youm daily reported.
Meanwhile, other Islamists expressed anger over the rulings claim in they were equivalent to a coup. The former Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abu Fotouh said in a statement posted on Facebook, also mentioned a decision from yesterday taken by the government, which grants the military police and intelligence services of the army the power to arrest civilians and bring them to justice.
"Maintaining the candidate of the army (in the race) and the overthrow of the elected parliament after giving the military police the right to make arrests is a real coup and anyone who thinks that millions of young people will leave this coup is wrong," he wrote.
Earlier, Egypt's ruling military council announced that if any part of the parliament is illegal, then the entire body should be dissolved, this means that the ruling military council would take over the legislative power until the election of a new People's Assembly is being held.
On the other hand, Egyptian parties, activists and political figures accused the ruling military council of having carried out a “soft coup” following the decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court that dissolved the parliament on Thursday and kept the former prime minster Ahmed Shafiq eligible for the presidential election runoff tomorrow, Al-arabiya news reported.
More as it becomes available.