Hey, Eygpt elected a Pharoah, so much for democracy in that part of the world. Obama’s elevation of Morsi during the Gaza-Israel conflict directly led to Morsi’s new dictatorial power grab!
On Thanksgiving, Morsi made himself supreme ruler of the courts. No judiciary can contest him. They have been his major opponents.
He is riding high on his new unearned popularity thanks to Obama pretending he solved the Gaza-Israel crisis even though Morsi followed up his meetings by slamming Israel and is hardly a peacemaker.
In case Egyptians don’t like his power grab, he put emergency law into effect. His decrees give him the power to take any steps and deal with “any threat to the revolution, national unity and safety or anything that obstructs the work of state institutions.”
He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a powerless body.
“An absolute presidential tyranny,” Amr Hamzawy, a liberal member of the dissolved Parliament and prominent political scientist, wrote in an online commentary. “Egypt is facing a horrifying coup against legitimacy and the rule of law and a complete assassination of the democratic transition.” [Thank Obama for that. Obama is doing it here, but he's more subtle.]
Morsi’s aides said he had to do it because there are Mubarek people in the judiciary. He plans to refill those posts too. In fact, he is going to retry Hosni Mubarek [he's dead] and his aides and sons, in order to secure the loyalty of the hated and powerful police.
His aides further say the decrees are an attempt to cut through the stalled political process [sounds like Obama, doesn't it? He overrules Congress and threatens SCOTUS to get his way.]
Morsi already dissolved Parliament. He filled most local offices and the military with the Brotherhood. He seized all media months back.
El Baradei later addressed a news conference flanked by other prominent politicians from outside the Brotherhood, including two presidential candidates who ran against Morsi, Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabahi.
Together they pledged to cooperate to force Morsi to rescind his new more dictatorial powers. “We will work together as Egyptians until we achieve the goals of our revolution,” said El Baradei, a former director of the U.N.’s nuclear agency and Nobel peace laureate.
They called for Friday protests to demand the dissolution of the power grab. [Too late now - they voted for him and he was obviously what he is turning out to be]. Secularists staged protests and burned Brotherhood offices. Whether the protests will go further has yet to be seen.
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed El Baradei wrote on Twitter. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”
[Why are they surprised?]
The decrees issued by Morsi were read on state TV and followed up by propagandized nationalist songs ala Adolf.
Washington is taking their usual wait-and-see approach. [Sourced from USA Today]
video via RT.com