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Egypt's embattled Mohammed Morsy-The Absolute Ruler


by Joseph Earnest  November 26, 2012  


Newscast Media CAIRO, EgyptIn an announcement that stunned Egyptians who had previously supported his election for president, Mohammed Morsy issued a decree last Thursday, granting himself absolute power with no checks and balances. He declared that all his decisions would be final and non-appealable until a new constitution is drafted.

"There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview with Reuters. "I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the US, by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity," he added.

Having supported his presidency, the White House is unsurprisingly silent out of fear of fending the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the decree has prompted an anti-Morsy revolution is Egypt's Tahrir Square similar to the one that ousted Hosni Mubarak. On Sunday, clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood's supporters and opponents entered their third day.

According to Egypt Independent, more violence is expected to ensue on Tuesday as both the Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Morsy demonstrators have called for million-strong rallies. Opposition protesters are set to rally in Tahrir Square. The Brotherhood had initially announced that they would demonstrate in Abdeen Square, a few kilometers away. However, they later decided to move their demonstration to the front of the Renaissance Statue in Giza to show support for Morsy's decision.

Outgoing presidential adviser for democratic transitions Samir Morcos officially resigned Friday in protest against President Mohamed Morsy's recent constitutional declaration, saying that his resignation was irreversible.

"I refuse to continue under such presidential decisions that hinder the democratic transform process and violates what I seek through my post," Morcos told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Saturday.

According to Egypt's state-owned Ahram Online, a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be delayed due to instability following President Morsi's Constitutional Declaration.  Add Comments>>










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