An emergency meeting was called by Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council, headed by ousted Attorney General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, to discuss the decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday. The council called on Morsi to distance this decree from everything that violates judicial authority, calling the move an "unprecedented assault" on the judiciary and on the top judicial body’s independence.
Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, the Judges club chief Mohammed Ezzat al-Agwa said: "We have decided to suspend the work in all courts and prosecution administrations in the provinces of Alexandria and Beheira. Adding, the club will accept nothing less than the cancellation of Morsi's decree, that violates the basic principle of separation of powers.
On Nov. 22, Morsi issued a new declaration, stating that any decision he takes cannot be revoked by any authority. In other words, Morsi is putting himself beyond judicial oversight.
Secular opponents at a news conference accused Morsi of appointing "himself Egypt's new pharaoh" and described the move as a "coup against legitimacy and top judicial body’s independence."
On Friday, Morsi defended his presidential decree saying: "We are, God willing, moving forward, and no one stands in our way. I fulfill my duties to please God and the nation and I take decisions after consulting with everyone. Victory does not come without a clear plan and this is what I have."
"Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for," he told Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rally outside the presidential palace in Heliopolis.
On Saturday, clashes between protesters and Egypt's riot police continued after riot police fired tear gas in Tahrir Square to disperse demonstrators protesting against Mursi's decree that put his decisions above legal challenge. However, a small number of demonstrators were dispersed by tear gas and fled into nearby streets.
Also on Saturday, MENA news reported that Morsi’s assistant for democratic transition, Samir Morcos, has submitted his resignation in protest against Morsi's recent constitutional declaration.
For his part, new Attorney General Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah said new revolutionary courts would be set up that could see former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons and his top security chiefs retried should there be new evidence.
On Friday, tens of thousands of protesters from secular and liberal movements gathered to Tahrir Square, many chanting "Leave, leave," "Morsi is Mubarak, "Revolution everywhere" and "Morsi dictator".
In Alexandria, angry protesters condemned Morsi as an autocratic pharaoh, while others stormed the headquarters of Morsi's political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, and set it on fire.
For their part, according to the Brotherhood's online website, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday to show support for Morsi, who is facing a storm of protest from his secular opponents for issuing a decree that expanded his powers.
All indications show that Morsi is still insisting on his position and is determined to challenge, which opens the door to many problems between the judiciary and the government. This could develop into a situation that is difficult to control.
Although the United States and many countries advised Morsi to use peaceful means and constructive dialogues in dealing with the Egyptian judiciary, apparently Morsi prefers his party's interest more than the Egyptian people's interest.
Egyptian people say if Morsi had accomplished or fulfilled even one of his promises to the Egyptians, then he would have the right not only to issue a decision, but to own all of Egypt and lead it the way he wants. But why does he give himself extra permissions and power while he has not implemented anything up to this moment?
What is funny is that one of my Egyptian friends told me today, that in the Mubarak era, the salad bowl had cost us three pounds, and now in the era of Morsi it costs 15 pounds. He even added that the Egyptian people are starting to feel that the Muslim Brotherhood are almost in control of all sources of money in Egypt.
I mentioned previously that the Egyptian people will feel that they lost the revolution after Morsi took power. The reason being that the Muslim Brotherhood is known for its lack of experience in politics, but unfortunately they won the elections through fake promises and by providing poor families with some food and money, so as to ensure their vote in the elections that led to the victory of Morsi. Of course, after Morsi won the elections, the truth emerged, that is if you are not with Muslim Brotherhood then then you are against them! I repeat again, Egypt is in need for a new spring and maybe Morsi's decision is a beginning to a spring which will certainly be better than the earlier one, which Morsi made fall with sadness.