Morsi not backing down, stands by his controversial decrees

The Judiciary in Egypt spoke out against Morsi and his new dictatorial powers this weekend and many are boycotting their courts. So today Morsi met with them hoping to try and resolve the crisis, but because he stood by his new powers, he’s likely prolonged the crisis:

YAHOO NEWS — Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi told the country’s top judges Monday that he did not infringe on their authority when he seized near absolute powers, setting the stage for a prolonged showdown on the eve of mass protests planned by both supporters and opponents of the Islamist leader.

The uncompromising stance came during a meeting between Morsi and members of the Supreme Judiciary Council in a bid to resolve a four-day crisis that has plunged the country into a new round of turmoil with clashes between the two sides that have left one protester dead and hundreds wounded.

The judiciary, the main target of Morsi’s edicts, also has pushed back, calling the decrees a power grab and an “assault” on the branch’s independence. Judges and prosecutors stayed away from many courts in Cairo and other cities on Sunday and Monday.

A spokesman said Morsi told the judges that he acted within his right as the nation’s sole source of legislation when he issued decrees putting himself above judicial oversight. The president also extended the same immunity to two bodies dominated by his Islamist allies — a panel drafting a new constitution and parliament’s mostly toothless upper chamber.

The spokesman, Yasser Ali, also told reporters that Morsi assured the judges that the decrees did not in any way “infringe” on the judiciary.

Ali’s comments signaled Morsi’s resolve not to back down or compromise on the constitutional amendments he announced last week, raising the likelihood of more violence as both sides planned competing rallies in Cairo on Tuesday.


Here’s a look at his specific decrees that have caused so much controversy and violence in Egypt (via AP):

— All laws and decisions by the president are final, cannot be appealed, overturned or halted by the courts or other bodies. This applies to decisions he has made since taking office in June and any he makes until a new constitution is approved and a new parliament is elected, expected in the spring at the earliest.

— No judicial body can dissolve the upper house of parliament or the assembly writing the new constitution. Both are dominated by the Brotherhood and other Islamists and several cases demanding their disbanding were before the courts, which previously dissolved the lower house of parliament.

— The president can take any steps or measures necessary to prevent threats to “the revolution, the life of the nation or national unity and security” or to the functioning of state institutions.

— A new judiciary body of “protection of the revolution” is created to reopen investigations, prosecutions and trials of former regime officials, including ousted President Hosni Mubarak, for the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising. Other police officers accused of killings, however, will not be retried.

— The controversial prosecutor general, a Mubarak appointee seen by many as lax in pursuing former regime figures, was removed from his post.

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  • tshtsh

    Again, why should anyone believe him he broke his promise about running for the office and now wants to make permanent.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Mark my words, neither will Obama step down peaceably when it is time. Islamists, fascists, communists, narcissists with dictatorial traits never go quietly.

    • Constance

      Oh, he’s going. Whatever it takes, whatever it means… that man is going. Back up the U-Haul to the gates, load up the wife and kids, get the crap in the van, and get the hell out of the White House. When his second term is done, he’s going.

      • TitaniumEagle

        He will go, you can just sure as hell bet it won’t be quietly.

        • Constance

          I fear you are correct. I guess if he’s gonna go making a lot of noise, we just need to be noisier. A little ditty comes to mind we could be singing as he and that wife of his exit the building –

          So Long
          And you can go to ….

          • Truck_Party

            He’ll go without much of a problem. He’ll have 4 more years of acting like Mayhem from the Allstate commercials then hope to get out of there before the bills come due.

  • wait, did the people of Egypt outs a dictator and then ‘fairly’ elects another dictator?

    • Sober_Thinking

      My magic 8-ball says “yes”.

    • Watchman74

      The difference being Mubarak was a Arab nationalist with a secular government who was pro-western and kept the peace with Israel. Morsi on the other hand is an Islamist who want’s Sharia Law, hates Israel and the west, and fancies himself a Pharaoh.

      • deeme

        You hit the nail on the head with that one..Sadly this hurts the people there who truly wanted democracy..I think he hates the west on an equal level with our President..and our President fancies Pharaoh as well..

  • sjmom

    Did anyone other than the foolish really believe Morsi would back down? Tyrants never do until they face the gallows or the point of a pistol.

  • uh guys….he JUST declared dictatorship! YOU REALLY THINK HE’S GOING TO BACK DOWN??!

  • colliemum

    This reminds me more and more of the early months in 1933, after Hitler came to power, and used the Reichtagsbrand to grab alle executive power for himself, thanks to a law in the Weimar Constitution.
    It was all ‘legal’, and it was only meant to last for a few months, or so he said.
    Once the votes were in, he prohibited all opposition parties, the left ones first, and the march into the concentration camps began.

    This is what is happening in Egypt. We all know that the muslim brotherhood adores Hitler, and have read his infamous book with approval. They are just following his master plan, with the end just as their idol wrote: the extermination of the Jews.

    Those who do not want to learn from History are condemned to repeat it …

  • Sober_Thinking

    Egypt may well become “Syria 2.0” at this rate.

  • To: Anyone who thinks this will be temporary
    From: Reality
    Subject: middle east politics

    No islamist who seizes the powers of dictatorship will ever relinquish it, because doing so is essentially a death sentence. See: Mumbarak (not yet dead as far as I know, but no longer in the country that he ruled for 30 years), Quadaffi (killed without trial), Hussein (killed by the State after being found hiding in an underground bunker by foreign liberating force), Assad ( has killed tens of thousands trying to maintain power for nearly two years).

    I could go on, but since there are numerous examples from relatively recent events that support my assertion I do not feel the need to do so.

    Morsi will do anything in his power (and he and his allies have a firm hand on every lever of power now, or he wouldn’t have taken this step) to maintain his position “for the good of the people”. Saddam regularly held election where he enjoyed 90% of the vote, and if you believed those were legitimate I have some land to sell you.

    Elections in islamist countries are nothing more than kabuki shows put on for the sole consumption of a gullible western media.

  • Islam_Sucks


    • hitting like for the comment and for your user-name!

      short and to the point! 😉

  • Dear leader must be so proud.

    • Constance

      He likely doesn’t even notice. Too busy making back room deals with Boehner about raising taxes and destroying the economy. Grrrrrrr

  • Wow, I sure am “glad” that Obama and Clinton got rid of a dictator that was friendly to both the United States and Israel AND wanted to defeat al Qaeda. Now we have a dictator that hates Israel and the United States and actually supports terrorist organizations like Hamas and probably al Qaeda too, since al Qaeda was always supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, which now controls Egypt. Well, that’s “hope and change” for you. At this rate, I don’t even know if the world will make it to 2016.

  • Watchman74

    Who saw this coming? Not the useful idiots in Cairo Square or the White House.

  • The cancerous tree that was the “arab spring” is now bearing more of it’s evil fruit!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Here is a list of all the US State Department foreign terrorist groups:

    95% of them are Islamic groups.

    They are all connected and have the same goal: destruction of Israel and world conquest.

  • Constance

    And, nothing is suspicious that this occurred right after this moron was a “key player” in the Israeli/Hamas ceasefire? Come on. Another coincidence surrounding the Obama Administration? I think not. Something is afoot here, and that foot smells.

  • Rocco11

    He can’t back down, this is Obama’s Caliphate…

  • sybilll

    Not a suprise, check out Bret Baier’s latest tweet: BretBaier RT @ZekeJMiller: Carney won’t say the White House is “critical” of Morsi. Says they are “concerned”
    I could puke.

  • I smell a civil war. Can the Jihadi’s maintain two fronts? How about three or more?

    Perhaps this will teach Obama to look before he leaps.

  • sDee

    Just as the Nov election gave Hussein the green light to cement his executive power, ignore the rule of law, and bypass Congress, so is Morsi emboldened to secure his.

    This is all for show. Morsi is the new dictator of Egypt.

  • Rocco11

    Anyone who doesn’t believe Obama is a Muslim at this point still believes Alger Hiss wasn’t a communist.

  • He is an Obama supporter, I think.

  • sDee

    Speaking of “decrees” why concern about Morsi and not our own tyrant?

    It can’t happen in America, right?

    Obama’s memo on “insider threats”
    “……. it becomes a self-policing network that has the ability to silence critics and individuals opposing a particular agenda or activity, even if such dissent is lawful.”

    “This memorandum quietly inserts yet another plank in the framework for absolute control by Barack Hussein Obama. It is he, not laws enacted by congress or the workings of the judicial branch, who will now determine who and what constitutes an “insider threat.” The mechanisms for reporting such threats are now in place, and actual or perceived threats to our government are to be identified and reported on by the very people he appointed to key government positions. It is the very essence of “Big Brother” within the government itself.”
    November 26, 2012

  • Conservator1

    The Obama Administration’s tepid response to Morsi’s power grab immediately after meeting with SoS Clinton and reaping praise from her and Obama on mediating a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel leads me to believe they knew Morsi’s plan prior to his edict.

    BTW, the cease-fire will not last long, especially if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins reelection in January.

  • Yazz55

    In the liberal extremist world of political correctness, this would properly be classified as democracy.

  • 11Steve11

    Breaking news — John Roberts sides with Morsi