Morsi to Discuss Controversial Decree with Senior Egyptian Judges
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has scheduled a meeting with senior judges on Monday in an attempt to find a solution to a crisis over his controversial constitutional declaration.
Activists gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a third day Sunday, blocking traffic with homemade barricades to protest what they called Morsi's "power grab," Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera reported on Sunday, as cited by RIA Novosti.
Clashes between riot police and protesters were reported nearby. One member of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood was reported killed and 60 others injured on Sunday when the movement's headquarters in the Egyptian Nile Delta town of Damanhour were attacked.
The decree, issued last week, expands Morsi's executive powers and puts him above the judiciary, declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions.
In a statement released Saturday, Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council said Morsi's Thursday presidential-power decree was an "unprecedented assault" on the judiciary.
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It has been reported that Morsi is now saying that the powers he has grabbed are "temporary" or need clarifying. If so, this can only mean one of two things (1) he has been shocked at the response and needs to regroup to retain his position or, (2) he is a bad communicator which is a bad thing for a President to be. I believe it is the former but he must beware as these new powers make him (or his position) another dictator; he may be genuine but someone who comes along later may not be and these new powers play straight into a corrupt persons hands. Law making should always guard against such possible future events - NO-ONE is above the law.