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Opposition groups demand Morsi's 'immediate' retreat on constitutional decree

Opposition groups demand that Morsi withdraw Thursday's highly-controversial constitutional declaration and reformulate the Constituent Assembly

Ahram Online, Monday 26 Nov 2012
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Egyptian protesters gather outside the country's high court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Photo: AP)
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Eighteen political parties and groups have called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to withdraw the constitutional declaration he issued on Thursday and to reformulate the Constituent Assembly, to overcome what they describe as the domination of Islamists within the constitution-drafting body.

On Thursday, Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a decree making all his decisions immune from legal challenges for a six-month period. The decree also protects the Islamist-led Constituent Assembly (tasked with drafting a new constitution) and the Shura Council (the upper house of parliament) from dissolution by court order.

Morsi's surprise decree prompted uproar among the opposition, who described it as an attack on democracy. Thousands demonstrated against the move on Friday in Cairo and several other governorates.

The groups, who announced their demands at a news conference on Monday, also called on Morsi to form a "serious" transitional justice mandate, instead of giving the prosecutor general exceptional powers. In the decree, Morsi ordered the reinvestigation of cases involving the killing of peaceful protesters during and after the 25 January uprising.

More than 30 members of the 100-members of the Constituent Assembly withdrew from the body over the past four weeks in dissent over the draft constitution, including representatives of all Christian churches in the assembly.

Earlier this week, the same groups called for mass demonstrations across the country on Tuesday to protest Morsi's decree and the Constituent Assembly.

Signatories include the leftist Popular Alliance, the liberal Constitution party, the Socialist Popular Alliance party, the Egyptian Social Democratic party, the Karama Party, the Free Egyptians party, the April 6 Youth Movement (both fronts), the Egypt Freedom party, the National Association for Change, the Revolutionary Socialists, the National Front for Justice and Democracy, the Maspero Youth Union, the Youth for Justice and Freedom movement, the Free Egyptian movement, the Kefaya movement, the Free Front for Peaceful Change movement and the Lotus Revolution movement.

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27-11-2012 11:44am
Camera and Protest
Protesters are just in-front of the camera whereas all the Egypt and Egyptians live in peace and unity. Morsi's opponents want to politicize the situation.
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28-11-2012 05:43pm
Nasr, some facts...
Nasir, who appointed you to speak on belhalf of all Egyptians? Some facts: over 60% illiterate, 80% live in poverty, drug usage by teenagers is second highest in the world, revenues from prostitution exceed those from Suez canal. The country is a disaster and the only hope was a new President that will help the country stand on its feet. Instead we got a puppet controlled by the Moslem Brotherhood whose only interest is to seek revenge, divide the people and control the country. I voted for Morsi but he has now lost all my support.

26-11-2012 04:33pm
Shareself appointed opposition
In a true democracy power is shared between elected peoples represnetatives. Here, the opposition leaders are not elected leaders- the dissolution of elected parliament has left the President with no elected representatives to share power with. The courts supreme council and most of the judges are remenents of Mubarak era, handpicked by him. If a judge is appointed by the elected parliament- he cannot be removed without due process. What president Morsi is doing is fast track purging of Mubarak era remenants. Hope Egyptians realise this. Otherwise they will have to wait a long time -as happened in Turkey.
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