Morsi gives himself new powers..orders retrials in protester deaths
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions, essentially allowing him to run the country unchecked until a new constitution is drafted, his spokesman announced on state TV Thursday.
Morsy also ordered retrials and re-investigations in the deaths of protesters during last year’s uprising against strongman Hosni Mubarak. That could lead to the reprosecution of Mubarak, currently serving a life prison term, and several acquitted officials who served under him.
The order for retrials could please some Egyptians who’ve expressed disappointment that security officers and others have escaped legal consequences over last year’s protester crackdown by the Mubarak regime.
Some demonstrators in Cairo, however — protesting for a fourth day against Morsy and the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood — expressed anger over his assumption of more power. About 2,000 people protested Thursday night in and around Tahrir Square, with some chanting “birth of a new pharaoh” and “Morsy the dictator.”
Political rivals also expressed dismay Thursday evening.
“Morsy is taking over the executive, judicial, and legislative powers in his hands, and this is a dangerous path,” said the Twitter account of Hamdeen Sabahy, a former presidential candidate.
“Morsy has issued immunity to any laws he issues. This is the birth of a new dictator,” tweeted Khaled Ali, another former presidential candidate.
Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, meanwhile, stood outside the general prosecutor’s office Thursday to support Morsy’s decrees.
Opposition groups in Egypt have called for mass protests on Friday against President Mohammed Mursi’s decree that gives him sweeping powers.
They have described his move as a “coup against legitimacy” and accused the president of appointing himself Egypt’s “new pharaoh”.
The decree states that the president’s decisions cannot be revoked by any authority, including the judiciary.
His supporters say the move is designed to protect Egypt’s revolution.
On Thursday, thousands celebrated the decree in front of the Egyptian High Court in Cairo.
But leading opposition figures later denounced it.
“This is a coup against legitimacy,” said Sameh Ashour, head of the lawyers syndicate, in a joint news conference with Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa.
“We are calling on all Egyptians to protest in all of Egypt’s squares on Friday.”
Wael Ghonim, a key figure in last year’s uprising against President Hosni Mubarak, said the revolution had not been staged “in search of a benign dictator”.
“There is a difference between revolutionary decisions and dictatorial decisions,” he said.
“God is the only one whose decisions are not questioned.”
hows all that arab spring democracy working out for yall?
the pharoah is back..mubarak out and morsi in..different leaders but both had totalitarian control..