The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Egypt’s Morsi assumes wide powers” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/20121122161830842641.html).
“President sacks prosecutor general and calls for retrial of those acquitted for the murder of anti-Mubarak protesters”. Again, there are TWO things to note here. First, “President sacks prosecutor general” implies that Morsi wants more power for HIMSELF, which, of course, is NEGATIVE. However, “calls for retrial of those acquitted for the murder of anti-Mubarak protesters” is A POSITIVE STEP. However, given that Egypt is still an UNDEMOCRATIC country/society, again, we have to wonder IF these “retrials” will take place and assuming they take place, WILL THEY MEAN ANYTHING? As we know, “trials” in UNDEMOCRATIC countries/societies are often nothing more than SHOW TRIALS in which THE DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT ALWAYS COMES OUT ON TOP.
“Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has issued a declaration giving HIMSELF greater powers and effectively neutralizing a judicial system that had emerged as a key opponent by declaring that the courts are barred from challenging HIS decisions“. This is the latest example of A DICTATOR‘s ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Morsi framed his decisions on Thursday (November 22, 2012) as NECESSARY to PROTECT (?) the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago and to cement the nation’s transition to democratic rule“. How can he “protect the revolution” when he has “(barred the courts from challenging HIS decisions?”
“The decree, which dismissed Egypt’s prosecutor general, prompted opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei to accuse Morsi of usurping authority and becoming a “new pharaoh” like MUBARAK. “Other opposition figures called nationwide protests after what they termed a “coup“.
According to Sameh Ashour, head of the Lawyers’ syndicate, “in a joint news conference with leading dissidents Amr Moussa and ElBaradei”, “This is a coup against LEGITIMACY… We are calling on all Egyptians to protest in ALL of Egypt’s squares on Friday (November 23, 2012)”. So, Morsi’s opponents still consider him ILLEGITIMATE.
“according to a decree read out on television (MENA) by Yasser Ali, a presidential spokesman”, “The president can issue ANY decision or measure to PROTECT (?) the revolution” by acting like A DICTATOR?
According to Pakinam al-Sharqawi, “one of Morsi’s aides”, “He had to act to SAVE THE COUNTRY and PROTECT THE COURSE OF THE REVOLUTION (?) “He also created a new “PROTECTION(?) of the revolution” judicial body to SWIFTLY (?) carry out the prosecutions”. When was the last time a POLITICIAN did anything “quickly?”
“Al Jazeera‘s Peter Greste, reporting from Cairo on Thursday, said the new declaration means that (Abdel-Meguid) Mahmoud is now retroactively dismissed as he has already been in office for six years”. “What they’ve done is to make an ADMINISTRATIVE change. The prosecutor general, under the old law, was appointed for life. What the president has done is change the tenure to a four-year term”. So is this PROGRESS? “This is important because here’s a man that a lot of people, including the president, held responsible for the failure of prosecution of the people who were charged with the attempted murder of protesters who were behind the revolution that overthrew [former President] Hosni Mubarak”. “Our correspondent said the decision to replace Mahmoud “would be WELCOMED by a lot of people who believe that the prosecutor general, in particular, was protecting SOME OF THE CRONIES” of Mubarak. Mahmoud has been replaced by Talaat Ibrahim, who said in a brief statement after being sworn in on Thursday night (November 22, 2012) that he would “work day and night to achieve the goals of the revolution. At the same time, there are those who are VERY CONCERNED that this means that the president is OVER-REACHING his authority”. This “concern” is VERY LEGIT. “Remember that the parliament has been dissolved and that Morsi has effectively made these decisions unilaterally” as a dictator would do. “THERE CAN BE NO DEBATE ABOUT THIS. THIS IS NOW THE LAW“, which is why so many people are FUMING/FURIOUS/LIVID.
“Al Jazeera‘s Sherine Tadros, also reporting from Cairo, said that rights groups in Egypt are concerned to see that Morsi “has given himself EXTRAORDINARY powers” of course. Again, this is EXTREMELY problematic. “Remember, he already had presidential powers, but also legislative powers … and now he’s given himself judicial powers” as well. Also, another provision says that UNTIL THERE’S A NEW PARLIAMENT ELECTED, HIS DECISIONS WILL BE FINAL and CAN’T BE CHALLENGED BY ANY AUTHORITY“.
Finally, “Hassan Nafaa, professor of political science at Cairo University, told Al Jazeera that Morsi “is ERECTING HIMSELF as AN ABSOLUTE MONARCH. He DIDN’T CONSULT WITH ANYBODY from the opposition, so he has taken all these decisions alone, without any consultation. The problem is not about the content of the decisions itself, but about THE WAY IT WAS TAKEN” obviously. “Nafaa said Morsi’s decisions were raising many legal issues with their “TOTAL DISREGARD of the judicial power. This is a DANGEROUS situation for the whole country. It is VERY CONFUSING, because we don’t know if we are in the presence of a constitutional declaration, or of a law, or of just administrative degrees”.
So EGYPT IS STILL UNSTABLE and AS EXPECTED, when “Morsi (assumed) wide powers”, PROTESTERS RETURNED TO THE STREETS.