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Morsi's mistakes undermine his position

The repeated mistakes by President Morsi could put his position in jeopardy and weaken his grip on the Egyptian political scene

Said Shehata , Monday 22 Oct 2012
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President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree to reinstate the dissolved People’s Assembly, which was refused by the High Constitutional Court, and Morsi complied with the High Constitutional Court verdict.

He recently dismissed the prosecutor general, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, and appointed him to be the Egyptian ambassador to Vatican. The prosecutor general and the High Council of Judges challenged the president’s decision, and Morsi was embarrassed again and kept Mahmoud in his position.

Those actions by Morsi contribute to the weakening of his position, and highlight the confusion that characterises his decisions.

This article discusses those decisions and others in order to highlight why Morsi fell in the same trap against the judiciary, and how this will negatively affect his future.

In the first case, reinstating the dissolved lower chamber of parliament, he promised the Muslim Brotherhood he would reinstate it because it was overwhelmingly dominated by Islamists. In his first speech, he pledged to reinstate the dissolved institutions. He was clearly motivated by his belonging to Islamists. He behaved like the head of a group and not a whole society.

He thought that this decision would strengthen his position, but he was ill-advised. He was defeated and embarrassed, and accepted the verdict of the court. He was supposed to wait for the verdict of the Higher Administrative Court but he did not.

With regard to dismissing the prosecutor general, Morsi was again ill-advised, and again targeted the judiciary. He was expecting support from people and compliance from Mahmoud, as happened with former SCAF members Tantawi and Anan. He miscalculated the situation and underestimated the reaction of the judges.

The president cannot dismiss the prosecutor general according to the constitution, so it is a shocking decision and shows the inability of the president to grasp the basics of the principle of separation of powers. He is not the khalifa who orders and people obey. There are laws that should be respected if we look to build a democratic state.

These two examples put question marks over the ability of Morsi to lead Egypt in the right direction. They also highlight the absence of a presidency apparatus that can help him to make the right decisions. There are some individuals close to Morsi who lead Morsi in a certain direction. He must distance himself from those gatekeepers in order to see the whole picture before he gets into trouble.

If Morsi repeats those types of mistakes, his reputation will be damaged and his opponents will increase. He needs to stop talking and travelling and focus on studying his future steps. He has a big burden on his shoulder and he must focus 100 per cent on his job as a president. He should unite Egypt behind him around a clear economic programme to eradicate poverty and illiteracy. He should engage with non-Islamist forces, since Egypt needs everyone's effort, to get through this transitional period. 

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Nahed
24-10-2012 11:36am
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Morsi's Letter Confirms "Undermining"!
As an Arab,after Morsi's letter to Beraize, I do not think that he undermine his position only, he's undermining all the Arab position!
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A.K.
23-10-2012 04:06pm
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ALL Presidents make mistakes !
I am not a supporter of the President and while I agree with some of your views, I feel that there must be something good about this President and we need to give him credit for it. One must also remember that the only legitimate executive authority democratically elected in Egypt is the President so the country is travelling in a grey area currently with no legitimate Parliament, and the President is testing his authority and may be learning on the job with poor advice from the MB group. He will make mistakes like other presidents in other countries (he is human after all). He has yet to demonstrate his leadership quality by achieving "consensus" amnong the many political forces to agree on a draft constitution which will represent the aspirations and cherished values of ALL the people.
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Salam Mansour
22-10-2012 09:27pm
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Let us be honest
You know and the whole world knows that the decision to dissolve parliament was politically motivated. We all know that had the liberals or remnants of Mubarak's autocracy won the elections, the so-called constitutional court would never have made that infamous decision. Unfortunately, there is little honesty in the secular press discourse.
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