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Posts Tagged ‘Mohammed Morsi’

A storm brews in Cairo

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 10, 2012

Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, has been in office for just ten days but is already facing a stand-off with the army over the fate of the Islamist-dominated parliament, which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) dissolved last month. This is the first major test for Egypt’s civilian presidency, whose powers the Mubarak-appointed military council is determined to limit.

Mr Morsi issued an executive order on Sunday reinstating the lower house of parliament, which the SCAF had disbanded after the Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the electoral law were unconstitutional. His call to reinstate the legislature reverses the SCAF’s order to dissolve it, but does not overturn the court’s ruling. He wants MPs to meet until a new constitution is ratified, after which new elections would be held.

The announcement surprised many of Egypt’s key political players. SCAF, the Supreme Court, and a host of political parties hastily convened late-night emergency meetings. Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted that the decision to overrule the court was “turning Egypt from a government of law into a government of men.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Egypt Election Results: Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Candidate, Announced President

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 25, 2012

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Egypt Election Results

After days of delay for the results of its presidential runoff, Egypt has announcedMohammed Morsi as the winner of the election and the country’s new president, the Associated Press reports.

Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, faced off with former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq after the two candidates collected the most votes in the first round of Egypt’s presidential election.

The days leading up to the runoff proved increasingly tense for Egypt, as judges appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak ordered parliament to dissolve, a blow to the democratically elected and Islamist-dominated governing body.

On the heels of the parliament ruling and in the midst of vote counting, Egypt’s ruling military issued an interim constitution that seemingly deflated whatever power the next president would have. Read the rest of this entry »

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