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Egypt's President Morsi expands power, defies judiciary with new declaration

President Morsi issues new constitutional declaration appointing new prosecutor-general; immunizing Constituent Assembly and Shura Council from threat of dissolution; and calling for retrial of ex-regime figures

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 Nov 2012
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FILE - In this Monday, April 30, 2012 file photo, President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: AP)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a constitutional declaration on Thursday calling for the retrial of those accused of killing and injuring protesters during and after last year's Tahrir Square uprising.

The retrials will also target ex-regime officials who have carried out "terrorism" against Egyptian protesters.

An article in the declaration also gives immunity to Egypt's controversy-prone Constituent Assembly – tasked with drafting a new constitution – from a potential court verdict that may have otherwise led to its dissolution.

Another article protects the current Shura Council – the upper, consultative house of Egypt's parliament – from dissolution, effectively pre-empting appeals against the council's constitutionality.

The declaration also gives the president the power to appoint Egypt's prosecutor-general for a four-year period.

The new declaration included the appointment of Judge Talaat Ibrahim Mohamed Abdullah, a former deputy head of Egypt's Court of Cassation, to the post of prosecutor-general.

The decree also called for giving pensions to the families of the "martyrs of the 25 January Revolution" and increasing reparations to those injured.

The surprise decision came amid ongoing clashes between protesters and police on Cairo's Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

Protests held to commemorate four days of street fighting between protesters and security forces in November of last year turned violent on Monday.

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A foreign democrat
22-11-2012 08:08pm
Egyptian Secularists deserve it
Morsi´s decision is a very controversial one, but it is ridiculous to call democracy in Egypt stillborn. There is a very simple way for Secularists to curb his powers: to win the next parliamentary elections. But they will lose, because they never really fought for the people's vote. They wrongly assumed people would vote for them just out of fear of the Islamists. Well, victory never just falls on your lap. Egyptian Secularists look down on their own people and never really cared about winning on the ballot. Now they are paying the price for this attitude.
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Syed Palayathar
23-11-2012 06:15pm
Well said
well said

Ahmed Abul Ila, Cairo
22-11-2012 07:50pm
Hamas is our flesh and blood
Aladdin, egypt, are you aladdin or alaa Cohen? Hamas is our blood and flesh. Israel is our eternal enemy.
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Aladdin, egypt
22-11-2012 07:06pm
Hamas/Iran Slow Death
Engineer-President Morsi decision to end arms smuggling to Iran's poppet Hamas is good for Egypt security. Gaza is the gateway to Egypt since King Tohotmos and must be secured. Hamas is an agent of Iran and illegal drug dealer. Allah AKber.
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Aladdin, Egypt
22-11-2012 07:01pm
Just Dictator?
Indecision can hurt Egypt best interest. Engineer-President Morsi made definite decions lately regarding Gaza/Egypt security and the Draft Constitution. egyptian media have the duty to keep people infomed about economic, social and political issues. AO is doing good job. Thanks.
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26-11-2012 07:55am
To educate Aladdin
Hey, Aladdin, you should thank Morsi that he is an engineer President for American Elite college. The American presidents are movie actors like Ronald Reagan. I think you will stop bad mouthing the president. You seem to be a Copt. here is real nature of Copts. Copts hate MB. Copts thrived under Mubarak. Mubarak allowed them to run liquor (Wines and Alcohols) business without restrictions, and these traitor Copts got rich with being sole owners of the alcohol business and made tons of money, that money they use to buy and own news media, entertainment industry and press, and journalists. Just like Jews own mass media, Hollywood, and big wine industry in the US, and in EU. The Copts are Jews of the Egypt. Now they hate Sharia Law which will restrict their wine, alcohol, media, and Art industry, hence their money will be drastically reduced. They are making a lot of noise, through hired protesters, columnists, and ignorant politicians like Elbaradei, and sabbahi.

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