Sunday, November 25, 2012

Egypt's nationwide demonstrations in support of President Mohamed Morsi in his showdown with the judges over Israel-Gaza power grab

Morsi on the downfall

Egypt's domestic divisions over a series of controversial presidential decrees continued as the nation's Judges' Club on Saturday called for a strike of all courts and prosecutors across the country.

Morsi decided on Thursday to replace Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud with Talat Ibrahim Abdullah as the new prosecutor general.

He also issued a constitutional declaration, which rules that all laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by the president since he came into office on June 30 are final and 'unchallengeable' by any body.

Morsi's actions, which would shield the president from judicial review until a new parliament is elected in an election expected early next year, has triggered controversies among political parties and the general public, as well as violence in the streets.

During its extraordinary general assembly on Saturday, the Judges' Club, a body representing judges across Egypt, said the decree was an "unprecedented attack" on the independence of the judiciary. The  Club wants Mursi to rescind it.

That demand was echoed by prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei. "There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," he said.

Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood nationwide demonstrated on Sunday in support of President Mohamed Morsi. The Brotherhood has called for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday to show support for the President.


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