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Egypt: Morsi Seizes Powers to “Please God and Nation”.

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Reuters reports,

President Morsi says Egypt is moving forward, takes decisions to please God and nation.

This wasn’t supposed to happen.

 According to some Western ‘anti-imperialists’ the Arab masses were united in protesting (rightly)  against Israel ‘s action in Gaza.

But what’s taking place in Egypt  is of enormous importance.

The Huffington Post says,

CAIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.

Police fired tear gas in a street leading to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, where thousands demanded Morsi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir… More Here.

Al Jazeera gives more information,

Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s president have clashed in several cities after he assumed sweeping new powers, a clear show of the deepening polarisation plaguing the country.

In the largest rally on Friday, thousands of chanting protesters packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 revolution, demanding Mohamed Morsi quit and accusing him of launching a “coup”.

Buoyed by accolades from around the world for mediating a truce between Hamas and Israel, Morsi on Thursday issued a declaration giving himself powers that go beyond those held by toppled president Hosni Mubarak, putting himself above the judiciary.

He also ordered that an Islamist-dominated assembly writing the new constitution could not be dissolved by legal challenges.

Liberal and secular members earlier walked out of the body, charging it would impose strict Islamic practices

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  1. If the descendants of scarab-worshippers keep behaving like this, Auntie Hilary will cut off their allowances and make them sit on the Naughty Step.

    Bingo Little

    November 24, 2012 at 1:13 am

  2. How wrong you are, Bingo. The Americans reward this sort of behaviour, they have just given the Egyptians a multi-billion aid package to keep the country afloat. Remember tht some of thw Presidential advisers have very close links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Quite frankly, it weems to me that the Americans will pay anything to have peace (even if a spurious peace) in the Middle East so they can get on with extracting and transporting oil.

    Sue r

    November 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  3. Probably right Sue, though Russia Today has been broadcasting the view that the protests are (‘imperialist’? ) designed to break the united front against ‘Zionism’ amongst the Eyptian people.

    Not the first time ‘them’ have been evoked.

    Which one suspects is what the MB will say to any critics of Morsi.

    Out of pure patriotism and Arab solidarity no doubt.

    Andrew Coates

    November 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  4. Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they.

    Sue R

    November 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm


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