Friday, 30 November 2012

Morsi faces judicial revolt on new powers

REUTERS

CAIRO Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi confronted with a revolt by judges who on Saturday accused him of expansion of its powers at their expense, a crisis that has led to calls for more protests after a day of violence on Egypt floor.

Judges in Alexandria, Egypt, threatened to go on strike until the second city was withdrawn, and there was called for the "fall of the regime"-the battle cry in the revolt that Hosni Mubarak-at a meeting of judges in Cairo overthrown.

Morsi the opponents and supports that the gap between new Islamists and responsible-a secularminded opposition-have rival demonstrations on Tuesday more about his decision that led concern in the West to has mentioned.

Late on Thursday, marks an effort by to consolidate his influence after he successfully Morsi Mubarak-era generals in August sidelined. It defends against judicial review decisions until a new Parliament is chosen by Morsi in a vote expected early next year.

It protects the Islamistdominated writing new Constitution of Egypt during the meeting a number of legal challenges that the body have threatened with dissolution and offers the same protection to the Islamic-controlled upper House of Parliament.

Egypt's highest judicial body, the High Council of Justice, said that the Decree was an "unprecedented" attack on the independence of the judiciary.

Young people sporadically clashed with the police near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolt that toppled Mubarak in 2011, after Friday of violence in which more than 300 people were injured in Egypt. Activists camped out for a second day on the square, setting up makeshift barricades to ward off traffic.

Liberal, left-wing and Socialist parties called for a big protest Tuesday to force Morsi to row back on a decree that they say the autocratic impulses of a man once jailed of Mubarak has uncovered.

In a sign of the polarization in the country called the Muslim Brotherhood-the group which Morsi to power powered-own protests that day in support of the President decided.

At least three fraternity offices were attacked on Friday.

"We are facing a historic moment, in which we we abandon our revolution complete or to be prey of a group that its narrow party interests above the national interest," said the Liberal Party of Dustour in a statement.

Morsi assigned itself to dismiss new authority of the Attorney General-a Mubarak keeps on-and appoint a new. The Attorney-General, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud fired, got a hero's Welcome by several thousand judges who attended the session of the Egyptian judges Club in Cairo on Saturday.

Ahmed al Zind, head of the judges Club, introduced by his old title, in open defiance Mahmoud of Morsi of Decree.

The Administration has defended the decision Morsi on the grounds that it seeks to speed up a long-term transition of Mubarak rule to a new system of democratic governance.

Analysts say it reflects the brotherhood suspicion to sections of a judiciary areas of Mubarak of days.

"It is aimed on the sidelines Morsi the enemies in the judiciary and ultimately and head off any lawsuits against the Constitution," said Elijah Zarwan, a fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

"We are in a situation now where both sides escalates and its getting harder and harder to see how both sides can climb down gracefully." After a day of violence in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez, the smell of tear gas hung over Tahrir Square.

A handful of hardcore activists hurling rocks battled riot police in the streets near the square, where several thousand demonstrators massed on Friday to demonstrate against the decree that has rallied opposition against Morsi belongs.

Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt, one of the most read newspapers Friday protest hailed as "The November 23 Intifada", invoking the Arabic word for uprising. "The people support the President decide," stated of freedom and justice, the newspaper run by the fraternity political party.

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