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Updated: November 28, 2012 18:58 IST

Powers temporary, says Morsy; calls for dialogue

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
AP Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Morsy’s office also promised that his government would include opposition members in the dialogue over drafting a new constitution.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Sunday tried to reach out to a concerned citizenry, insisting that the sweeping powers he had assumed were temporary and aimed at ensuring a smooth transition to an elected parliament, as mounting unrest claimed the life of a Brotherhood member.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr. Morsy’s office also promised that his government would include opposition members in the dialogue over drafting a new constitution.

The insistence over the temporary nature of his powers came for a second time in two days as tensions flared across the country, with clashes reported between his supporters and opponents and several offices of the Muslim brotherhood’s party attacked.

“The presidency reiterates the temporary nature of the said measures, which are not meant to concentrate powers, but on the contrary to devolve it to democratically elected parliament and to avoid any attempt to undermine or abort two democratically elected bodies (the upper house of parliament and the Constituent Assembly), as well as preserving the impartiality of the judiciary and to void politicising it,” the statement read.

The statement said there is a need to hold accountable those responsible of corruption under the former regime and during the transitional period, as well as to attain the rights of the revolution’s martyrs, which can only be accomplished by the declaration.

It also sought to assure the country’s political forces will all be included in a national dialogue to reach consensus over the constitution.

Angered by Thursday’s presidential decree, Mr. Morsy’s opponents have termed him Egypt’s ‘new pharaoh’ and charged him of orchestrating a ‘coup’, But Mr. Morsy has y denied that the measures would drift the country away from the path of democracy.

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The concerns Dr.Morsi raises are true and I believe many Egyptians share the same concerns that Mubarak installed judciary will dismiss the elected upper house and constitutional panel as it did to lower house of Parliament further delaying the electons. The problem I think is that the way Morsi carried his power grab. If he resolved those concerns in backdoor like he did in case of sending military back to the barracks by negotiating with SCAF, the same action would have reuslted in an entirely different response.

from:  Mohammed Shafeeq
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012 at 15:01 IST

Only the representative of the people should share power, currently he has nobody to share the power with, since he is the only elected person in Egypt for any office. In their last gasp for power the Junta and their Western supporters dismissed an elected parliament, leaving Dr. Mursi the sole representative of the people of Egypt.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012 at 14:13 IST
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