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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pharaoh Morsi: Egypt's First "Democratic" President Decrees Himself Power


HT: BBC News

With the country lacking a functional parliament, or operational constitution, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is taking unpopular steps by decreeing himself more power to fill the vacuum and assaulting the judiciary's independence by a series of decrees in recent days that have sparked protests.

The decrees include firing his prosecutor general on Thursday; giving himself full power to appoint a replacement; barring any legal challenges to his decisions or laws, and barring any court from disbanding the constituent assembly responsible for drawing the constitution.

So this is how the first democratically elected President in Egyptian history acts... By granting himself more powers by executive fiat and prohibiting any challenge to his powers?

The United States and international observers are understandably worried by Morsi's decrees, as it begs the question if removing the dictatorial, yet reliably moderate Hosni Mubarak in favor of a new "democratic" Egypt led by the seemingly similar authoritative, and this time Islamist inclined Mursi was the right decision.

Before there were the evil Kings of Europe, or the genocidal loons of the twentieth century, there were the pharaohs of Egypt.. Your quintessential example of the supposed divine right to lead and absolute totalitarianism, and if Egypt's first foray into democracy is any indicator, it appears they will follow their ancestors once more and be slaves.

What say you?

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