Friday, November 23, 2012

Morsi Declares Himself Dictator of Egypt

To the surprise of, well, only those foolish enough to belief that the Muslim Brotherhood managed to moderate itself in the 30 seconds before he put himself in power in the first place. That list includes far to many people in leadership positions in our government including those within the Obama administration.

What is happening in Egypt is a perennial problem with upstart Democracies, and frankly even some established Democracies. That is that the principle of one man one vote has a 'one time' appended to the end of it.

"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.
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.

The moves effectively remove any oversight on Morsi, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure who became Egypt's first freely elected president last summer after the Feb. 11, 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak...

Morsi not only holds executive power, he also has legislative authority after a previous court ruling just before he took office on June 30 dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood.

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