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SCAF defends dissolution of Egypt's parliament, denies 'deal' with presidency

In Monday statement, Egypt's military council defended last month's decision to dissolve parliament's lower house, saying move was based on constitutional court ruling

Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jul 2012
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Military generals Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and Samy Anan with President Morsi (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) never resorted to taking "exceptional" measures during its interim tenure in power, the military council declared in a Monday statement, one day after parliament's lower house was reinstated via presidential decree.

The SCAF went on to assert that its decision last month to dissolve the People's Assembly (the lower house of Egypt's parliament) had been based on a ruling returned by Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC).

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decision on Sunday reinstating the People's Assembly, one week after he was inaugurated as Egypt’s first freely-elected head of state. The decision also called for fresh parliamentary polls to be held within 60 days after ratification of a new constitution.

The presidential decree has stirred considerable controversy, with several legal experts and political analysts arguing that Morsi had disregarded the court ruling, pursuant to which the SCAF ordered the dissolution of the People's Assembly last month.

Others, however, expressed support for Morsi's move, arguing that the SCAF never had the right to dismantle parliament's lower house in the first place.

In a statement issued by state news agency MENA, however, the military council asserted otherwise.

In its statement, the SCAF also defended its decision to issue a 'constitutional addendum' last month, which gave the military council wide-ranging powers at the expense of the dissolved People's Assembly and the presidency.

The SCAF went on to deny claims that Morsi's decision to restore parliament came as the result of a "deal" cut with the military council.  

It had been speculated that the SCAF had arrived at an agreement with the Muslim Brotherhood, from whose ranks the new president hails, before the latter moved to reinstate the People's Assembly.

The full text of the military council's statement is as follows:

Given recent developments, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces stresses the following:

  • The SCAF since assuming responsibility [power] has always been on the side of the people, and has never resorted to any exceptional measures, and has improved the institutional work of all state institutions, stressing the importance of the legitimacy of law and the constitution to preserve the status of the Egyptian state, and out of respect for its great people.
  • Decree number 350 for the year 2012, issued by the SCAF, came in accordance with the council's authority and represented the implementation of a verdict delivered by the High Constitutional Court, which declared the People's Assembly null and void since its election.
  • The Constitutional Deceleration issued on 17 June 2012 came as a result of the political, legal and constitutional circumstances that the country was facing. It ensures the continuity of state institutions and the SCAF until a new constitution is drafted. We are confident that all state institutions will respect all constitutional declarations.
  • The malicious accusation that the SCAF cut a deal [with the presidency] is an important issue that shakes the pillars of patriotism that we have always stuck to and respected.

The Armed Forces belongs to Egypt's great people, and will always fulfil its promises and be on the side of legitimacy, the constitution and the law for the sake of the people.

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Abdur Razzaque
10-07-2012 11:41am
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Peoples Voice: A Right Choice
The Egyptian peoples decision is the supreme decision over any others. All the govt. institutions are merely acts as an agent for the peoples. The SCAF should realize, obey and put values on their opinions. The sooner you realize this truth is better for Egypt and its new born democracy!
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10-07-2012 06:26pm
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Whose Choice?
Egyptian people's decision? Of how many? 11 million?
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Enoch Luton
10-07-2012 09:37am
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God Bless The New Democracy!
At this stage of implementing a new system of government, it is a wise move to insure the diversity of representatives for the people in the law making body until a constitution is in place to address the rights of all. In my humble opinion I feel that the court and the SCAF made the right move at this time.
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Abdulghani
10-07-2012 03:57am
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Smart soft confrontation
SCAF is working by the recognized rules of the game. Very smart of them. They know that the Egyptian People means business.
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Sudhir Goel
10-07-2012 03:34am
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President's decree
Just like the military junta had the right of issuing an order like this, the president also has the authority to repeal it.
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10-07-2012 06:35pm
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A new dictator
The King is dead. Long live the King! Congratulations on the new dictator, approved by the people of Egypt!
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Suleiman
09-07-2012 11:04pm
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Peaceful Collaboration
As ascerted by SCAF, they should legitimately and peacefully work with the President to ensure even and peaceful growth and development of the country for the good of Her Citizens.
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