So, the Arab Spring in Egypt has officially become another dictatorship!
What’s French for quelle surprise?
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. They come as Morsi is riding high on lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
Hmm. What’s Latin for quid pro quo?
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least that Obama and Clinton gave in to the inevitable anyway in exchange for Morsi muzzling Hamass.
Leave it to the impotent Mohamed ElBaradei to apply le mot juste:
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account.
ElBaradei warns of “dire consequences” from the move, but whatever could he mean?
Protesters run from riot police during clashes at Tahrir square in Cairo November 23, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’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 Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.
I guarantee that this too shall pass, and that the head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will henceforth have a vise grip on power not seen since Tutankhamen assumed crypt temperature. That is a promise.
And that Obama cleared it in advance. (That is conjecture.)