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Egypt’s Morsi grants himself new powers – So much for Arab Spring

It’s a bit of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” but with an Islamist slant:

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly.

Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi’s allies, who they saw are trying to push through a document that will have an Islamist slant marginalizing women and minority Christians and infringing on personal liberties. Several courts have been looking into cases demanding the dissolution of the panel.

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted and a new parliament is elected — which is not expected before next spring — are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority. He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a largely toothless body that has also faced court cases.

In essence he has declared himself (by issuing his own handy “constitutional amendments”) supreme and above the law.

I’m not sure why anyone is particularly surprised.  He promised no one from the Muslim Brotherhood would run for president and then ran for president.  He claimed that they’d do the will of the people and now he’s actively making women and religious minorities into 2nd class citizens.  And his government will have a pronounced Islamic theocratic slant all written into law.

He also supports the terrorists in Gaza.

Yup, that “Arab Spring” thing is just working out about as well as one could hope, huh?



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19 Responses to Egypt’s Morsi grants himself new powers – So much for Arab Spring

  • What I wonder about is how many people living here would like to see Obama do something along the same lines.
    It isn’t the least far-fetched, as Obama HAS done things along the same lines, and so did Congress in ObamaCare.
    He and his regime do illegal things pretty much daily, and I haven’t seen them have to eat those.

  • (Waves hand excitedly)  Watch and learn!  Good and Necessary!

    • And I’m STILL waiting for Hill-Larry to speak as harshly and look as stern over Egyptian and Turkish statements regarding Israel as she did…
      over a video…created by an American citizen.

      • Yeah but that video and that citizen were inconvenient to electoral plans (both Obama’s present and her future ones). So what if 4 Americans died? So what if Obama/Hillary negligence and stupidity killed them as much as AQ did? Mere details that.

        • Oh, we don’t know “WHO” took out the parts about terrorism, but we knew it was….we just never…uh, bothered to correct anyone when we heard them saying something different.
          yeah buddy.

  • The crickets in the media so far are as clear as a bell.
    There’s some interesting timing.  Israel may have prompted this.  But the timing of this event couldn’t have worked out better than a politician doing something unpopular that last day of the week on a long holiday weekend.  Passing stuff just before Thanksgiving weekend is usually reserved for tax increases or force feeding us the wrong ‘immigration reform’.  Could it be they got a little advice on how to minimize the hurt for their US friend at the top?

    • Oh, and it just happens to be a little bit after the election, now when it can no longer hurt our Leader, isn’t it?

      • like Patreaus and his scandal?   Or….the jobs numbers go dowm?   Or…we get the report that a record number of people are on food stamps…or that the Sandy effort kinda is a replay of parts of George Bush/Katrina (shhhhhhh, not toooo loud about that) or that employers are laying people off because of Obamacare (odd how that happened the week AFTER the election, but I think we know what they HOPED was going to happen)….or how soup kitchens are running out of supplies…or….
        mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmm, Barack Hussein Obama.

  • I’m sure Erb will be along to explain to us dense righties how this is all a perfectly normal and necessary stage on the road to a free, open, egalitarian Arab wonderfulness.  No doubt the Facebook & Twitter effect will kick in any minute now.

  • It bears remembering that we have our very own Muslim Brotherhoodlem(tm) at State, and she has Hill-Larry’s ear.  Huma Weiner.

  • I’m beginning to suspect even more co-ordination than waiting until after the election.  The attacked on Israel and the ensuring Cease Fire which was in part credited to Egypt, served primarily as a distraction and secondly a mis-representation of the current Regime to the world as ‘good willed’.   Meanwhile they seize total power and make an official farce of the ‘Arab Spring’.
    That requires co-ordination between Hamas and Egypt and to some degree the White House at least in a complicity of silence (if not more).

  • Like Bush, Morsi is an accidental president, with many people protesting.