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December 8, 2012

Egyptian President Morsi plans to amend controversial decree

  • then Freshly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in a move that inflamed massive protest and civil unrest throughout his state, issued a decree affording himself complete extralegal authority, pending a new constitution. The drafting of the constitutional proposal in subsequent days was carried out by a largely Islamist committee, which drew criticism for the removal of secular and Christian opposition from the body before it approved the draft.
  • now After the weeks of intense opposition, which has even spilled into violence, Morsi is planning to amend his initial decree — as clear a sign as any that he views the opposition’s backlash as a major, and perhaps unsustainable political risk. The Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil, told Egyptian television that the amended decree could be released by tomorrow, and that Morsi is open to talks with the opposition on postponing a December 15th vote scheduled on that controversial constitution draft. source 
17:44 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012
The presidency reiterates the temporary nature of those measures, which are not intended to concentrate power. The presidency stresses its firm commitment to engage all political forces in the inclusive democratic dialogue to reach a common ground.
A statement from Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi • Responding to the avalanche of protest set off by a recent decree, which granted him extralegal, unilateral authority, and halted all legal challenges against members of the upper house of parliament, and the committee constructing the state’s new constitution. Until the constitution is drafted, there is in fact no lower house of parliament, meaning Morsi has effectively barred legal action from being taken against the government. Protests have exploded back into Tharir Square over the past few days in response, leading to Morsi’s attempts to soothe the growing public perception that he harbors dictatorial designs of his own. source
16:04 // 1 year ago