Egypt's Morsi insists his move is temporary; calls for dialogue with judiciary, opposition

Egypt's Morsi insists his move is temporary; calls for dialogue with judiciary, opposition

Cairo : Egypt | Nov 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM PST
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Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi demonstrate in Cairo's Tahrir square

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has reiterated his statement over the nationwide protests against his recent power-grabbing move that provides his decisions immunity from judicial reviews, saying his move to control the judiciary is not concentration of power but rather a temporary action aimed at stabilizing the country.

Morsi issued a statement on Sunday, pledging that he would include opposition party members in the formulation of a new constitution that would give direction to the country in the years to come.

The president will also meet Egypt’s senior judges on Monday to try to alleviate the demonstrations and clashes over his grabbing of new powers.

Demonstrators say that Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, issued a declaration of sweeping power to lift himself to pharaoh-like position. Through their protests, protesters are also voicing their apprehensions that Morsi, along with his Islamist backing, is trying to come up with a constitution that will turn Egypt into a religiously conservative country like Iran.

Morsi’s statement also said that those public officials who have remained involved in corruption under former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime and during Egypt’s shift to democracy will be held accountable. The statement also made it clear that his power declaration is also meant to grant rights to the revolution martyrs.

According to reports, around 500 people have been wounded in the clashes between anti-Morsi protesters and police, creating fresh troubles for the Muslim Brotherhood’s objective to control the post-Mubarak regime and the drafting of Egypt’s constitution.

Not considering Morsi’s objective, the resistance to his move has been severe. Egypt’s stock markets plunged and six of his advisers stepped down on Sunday. Young demonstrators entered the office of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and killed one person. They also reportedly injured 60 other people inside the office.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council has said that Morsi's declaration should affect only "sovereign matters," hinting that it did not throw out the decree completely. The body also called on judges and prosecutors, who went on strike, to resume their duties.

Several of Morsi's political rivals agree with him on the view that the country’s justice system needs improvements, although they oppose his methods. After granting himself new powers, Morsi sacked the prosecutor general, who was appointed by Mubarak and is disliked among almost all progressives.

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