EGYPT: Morsi rescinds part of controversial power-grab in aftermath of violent protests

Morsi is once again placing himself under judicial oversight in order to stop the violent protests and appease the opposition. A vote on the draft constitution is still scheduled for December 15:

EGYPT INDEPENDENT – The constitutional referendum will be held on its previously specified date of 15 December and the constitutional declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsy on 22 November has been largely canceled , Mohamed Selim al-Awa announced in a press conference following the conclusion of a “national dialogue” meeting on Saturday night.

Awa, appearing with the eight other members of the committee who drafted the new constitutional declaration after the nearly nine-hour meeting’s conclusion, said that the new constitutional declaration will be immune from judicial appeal.

According to the new declaration, if a majority of Egyptians vote no to the draft constitution, then a new Constituent Assembly will be elected in three months, and will have six months to draft a new one.

Morsy called the meeting on Saturday after a week of protests against the referendum and constitutional declaration and violent clashes between his supporters and opponents that killed at least seven.

The new declaration, Awa said, would not remove judicial oversight of Morsy’s decisions, but the president is still tasked with protecting the revolution and its causes, and his appointment of the new Prosecutor General Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah will stand.

The new declaration also reaffirmed the retrial of figures responsible for protester deaths in the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak and called for investigations into the deaths of those who were killed in last week’s clashes in front of the presidential palace.

In the original declaration, Morsy also stated that Mubarak regime figures would be retried for the deaths of protesters nearly two years ago in the 25 January uprising.

The president announced earlier today that he would not be taking part in the meeting in order to ensure the neutrality of its conclusion.

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  • I trust him as far as I can throw him. I’m assuming he weighs more than a 50 lb bag of chicken scratch grains, which is my limit for lifting- so I guess that explains how much I trust him.

    • Don

      Morsi will just tell them whatever it takes to get them out of the street and then stab them in the back as they leave. The billions of taxpayer money he is getting from Obama can’t present the enslavement of the Egyptian people is such an obvious way. Just as in Syria, if Al-assad creates an obvious holocaust by killing thousands of his own people with chemical weapons then America sitting on the sidelines in the face of such evil might embarrass our newly appointed king.

      • Orangeone

        And Barky Boy will have no problem sending American troops into the middle of the chemical warfare. Slime

  • opinionatedhermit

    Would Obama listen if the Tea Party started rioting? Because, I’m starting to think maybe that’s what we are doing wrong….

    • DuraMater

      You know, I had the same thought. But those of us who recoil from violent, unruly mobs and whose cultural refinement, personal dignity and respect for law and order constrain our behavior, even in protestation and expression of grievance, to act in accordance with mores of the system we always believed in.

      The throngs of citizens who have risen up and taken to the streets in response to TARPS, bailouts, ObamaCare, etc are not disposed to burning tires, overturning police cars or engaging in mayhem. Whenever disturbances did occur, they were invariably
      incited by our opposition. That is what they do and they are the reflection of their leader, Barak Obama.

      Did anyone else have an awakening as I did, upon viewing the riots in 1968 Chicago? I became a young conservative right then, not only in ideology but also in disgust and revulsion toward the behavior of many of my peers who participated in that melee.

      The MO of the leftists has not changed. We, of the social order mindset have not changed. But America has changed. What was once considered a fringe element kept in check with billy clubs and OC spray has been allowed to overwhelm and seize control of the culture and our government. Barak Obama demonstrates all the features of a tin horn dictator, from his unstable, underdeveloped character, overcompensating ego and feckless behavior to his disgusting iconography and intellectually deficient followers. Yet we continue to behave as if our civilized constitutional republic is still functioning and intact.

      This is the conundrum we now face. The left will continue to push the boundaries and attempt to goad us to respond with justifiable outrage and violence. Recall how often they see/hear threats and iniquities from us that are never really there. Their game of chicken has been quite transparent for over four years and the frustration in our half of the country has become keen, indeed.

      Our voices and our numbers have been discounted by the legions of ignorant, ill informed and a shallow electorate which would otherwise have remained disengaged had their votes not been bought, harvested or stolen. And after all, it is we who are the ones who remain subject to the laws of this nation. Storm the White House, the Hawaiian vacation house, make a sweep through the halls of congress, too? We had that chance last month and we were quelled without a shot being fired.

      No, we do not want to satisfy the left’s craving for chaos. But we can, must, make them wither and quake at our shrill resistance. We must remain organized, loud and relentless.

      • NoToTyrants


        Slave or Free Citizen. Slaves consent to the authority of tyrants. Free citizens do not.

        The time for choosing is fast approaching.

        Sitting on a comfy couch in front of a leftist propaganda infested cable/satellite fed flat screen won’t ensure our liberty.

        It is in the individual states that we must put our hopes and concentrate our efforts. Not led by Democrats…Not led by the GOPe…We the people must take the initiative.

    • badbadlibs

      The Tea Party needed to show up at the polls last month.

      • Conniption Fitz

        As Boehner, Christie, Crist, Romney and other Republicans have not proven worthy of our trust or vote either.

        As Palin says, we are dealing with a permanent political class that believes in government of the politician, by the politician and for the politician. Tax and bleed the people for your greed and for the lazy, immoral and sorry entitlement class.

        We are a nation of enablers.

        Here is the consequence – this ‘man’ gets a free college education, rent money, medical care and feels entitled to scam the taxpayer and everyone else in his life.

      • davienne

        we were at the polls… some were forcably removed from the site, told we couldnt talk to voters.. and we had no controle of the machines… we were told that we couldnt warn about the machines changing and to not tell people to double check their vote before casting it… altho we did anyway then we were told we had to leave…

  • Nukeman60

    The president announced earlier today that he would not be taking part in the meeting in order to ensure the neutrality of its conclusion.

    Yeah, that will ensure it. Just like Obama staying away from the ‘fiscal cliff’ talks will ensure a fair and balanced deal.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Spot on.

    • Orangeone

      He may not physically attend (I’m sure the SS has told him they can’t protect him since many in Egypt want him dead) but he is advising Morsi, no doubt about it. And he’s sharing election fixing lessons as well.

  • reason1984

    No more than a tactical retreat. The current judiciary will be purged within the next 12 months. (You got that right, Yusuf!)

    Enter the new Pharaoh.

    • Sober_Thinking

      Agreed… people will start disappearing.

  • Americans should take notes.

    • c4pfan

      Tell me about it.

  • davienne

    power of the masses takes hold… wake up America… if the muzzies can do it so can we

    • badbadlibs

      Americans couldn’t even muster up enough energy to vote the guy out of office, I don’t see how or when America will ever wake up.

      • Marridge

        Liberals will wake up when their daughters will start bearing the literal brunt of this islamic madness. Then they will wonder what the heck happened. Think it can’t happen here? It will happen as soon as the muslims reach critical mass. Has already happened in some European countries. I will give it another 10 years here, especially since we have a closet muslim punk in the White House.

        • davienne

          Marridge… i wont give it 10 years.. look,, its already happening with the indoctrination of the children in the schools… the way they are teaching sex ed … masterbation, oral sex with braces, pre-teen sex its absolutley disgusting… Sean Hannity was talking about this on his radio show a few weeks back… planned parenthood is going to schools and telling them about birthcontrole as young as 2nd and 3rd grade… its part of the preparations

          • Orangeone

            I’m afraid you are correct. There is no reason to teach 2nd and 3rd graders about birth control other than to prepare them for forced marriage to old mooslim slime.

      • Orangeone

        Please don’t discount the voter fraud. It was massive and evident throughout 100% of the swing states.

        • badbadlibs

          I don’t discount voter fraud. I live in Wa. State, they have it down to a science!
          However, it still doesn’t negate the fact that less conservatives showed up to vote then even in ’08.

          • Orangeone

            3 m less Repubs vs. 9 m less Demorats

            Not saying those Repubs that stayed home and didn’t vote aren’t responsible, they are and deserve what they get!

            • badbadlibs

              Understood. 🙂
              It’s entirely too bad we’re also going to get what they deserve.

  • Morsi will hold on any way he can. He knows that this is what the Muslim Brotherhood has been yearning for over the past few decades and he’s not about to give up power now. It’s always all or nothing for these types of radical Islamists in the Middle East, so don’t expect Morsi to go away quietly any time soon.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Just buying time… it’s all smoke and mirrors. While Obama or some other flaming liberal Muslim sympathizers will applaud this move … I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a delay tactic to rearm or get a more advantageous position before he once again seizes power. I think he thought he had more MB support among his people… but he overreached and tipped his hand.

    Until they kick him out of there… there’s never going to be peace.

  • Yazz55

    Going after the folks from the Mubarak govt is only a witchhunt. Its purpose is to intimidate the rest of the country.

  • 911Infidel

    An estimated 25 million Eqyptians protested across Eqypt against Morsi. Gee I wonder
    why? Oh wait I got the answer. Here it is:

    “The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord comes riding on a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt; The Idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in its midst.” – Isaiah 19:1

    “And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor, city against city and kingdom against kingdom.” – Isaiah 19:2

  • WordsFailMe

    Funny- They describe the Morisi opposition as the “liberals.”

    That liberal I was what I believed liberals were in the 60’s. Keep the g–damned government out of my face. If you don’t I’ll push back, stand in the streets and burn you out.

    Wouldn’t be the first time brothers and neighbors had settled their difference with clubs, torches, knives and bayonets.