Echo Sierra

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Posted by Echo Sierra On November - 29 - 2012 0 Comment

The Big Picture has published a selection of pictures about the ongoing protests in Egypt.  Pictures are similar to what we have been seeing  for the past two years: massive protests at Tahrir square, clashes between pro and anti-Morsi protesters…

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Egyptian protesters shoot fireworks as they demonstrate against President Mohamed Morsi's decree, in Tahrir Square on Nov. 27. Thousands took to the streets across Egypt to protest a decision by President Mohamed Morsi to grant himself sweeping powers. Protesters in Cairo converged on Tahrir Square where a sit-in began on 23 Nov. after the Islamist leader signed a decree making all his decisions and laws immune from legal challenge. (Andre Pain/European Pressphoto Agency)

Egyptian protesters shoot fireworks as they demonstrate against President Mohamed Morsi’s decree, in Tahrir Square on Nov. 27. Thousands took to the streets across Egypt to protest a decision by President Mohamed Morsi to grant himself sweeping powers. Protesters in Cairo converged on Tahrir Square where a sit-in began on 23 Nov. after the Islamist leader signed a decree making all his decisions and laws immune from legal challenge. (Andre Pain/European Pressphoto Agency)

As the New York Times reports, situation in Egypt deteriorated anew after, “President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree granting himself broad powers above any court, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian judges rebelled against an edict by President Mohamed Morsi exempting his decrees from judicial review until ratification of a constitution [drafted by a commission in which Islamists are majoritarian], denouncing it as a bid for unchecked power and calling for a judges’ strike. The judges, who were appointed by the ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak, joined liberal and secular political leaders in opposing the decree.

On the 29th of November, the constitution was ratified by the commission, but is yet to be approved by the Egyptians, by referendum.

 


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