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Morsi to meet senior judiciary over controversial decree

In an attempt to ease a deepening crisis over Thursday's constitutional declaration, President Morsi will meet senior members of Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council

Ahram Online, Monday 26 Nov 2012
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: AP)
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President Mohamed Morsi is set to meet with senior members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Monday afternoon in an attempt to limit the deepening crisis sparked by a constitutional declaration he issued last Thursday.

Meetings on the divisive decree will take place at the same time that a sit-in and protests are being held by opponents demanding a complete cancellation of the decree, asserting it is a threat to the democratic future of the country.

Morsi on Sunday announced his respect for Egypt's judiciary and its independence. Following the decree, by which General Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud was replaced, hundreds of judges held a general assembly Saturday, in the presence of Mahmoud, and mulled measures to oppose the decree.    

The SJC has suggested it does not reject the declaration outright, saying Morsi's decree should apply only to "sovereign matters." It called on judges and prosecutors, some of whom began a strike Sunday following a decision made at the general assembly meeting Saturday, to return to work.

Clashes between pro and anti-Brotherhood supporters have been ongoing since Friday, with over 500 people reported injured. Opponents have dubbed Morsi the "new pharaoh," deeming the decree a power grab on his part.  

Violent clashes have also resulted in one death. A Muslim Brotherhood member, Islam Fathi Maasoud, 15, was killed and dozens injured Sunday in an attack on the main office of the Brotherhood in the Egyptian Nile Delta town of Damanhour, the Freedom and Justice Party announced.

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26-11-2012 04:14pm
Critical time
Egypt's Servant should loyal to government and serving Egypt interest.They shouldn't bow to who have never contributed anything significant to the country, and are driven only by private interests
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26-11-2012 02:24pm
Judiciary independence !
For those opposing the president decree granting himself super powers: I too do not like what he did, and every one living in a democratic country will not like it; however I do not think Mr Morsi is going to disappear any time soon, so for the sake of your country and your loved ones, you need to resolve this situation and start negotiating a peaceful outcome with him. Negotiation and dialog (and not violent confrontation) is the approach adopted by civilised democracies!
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