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Morsi sticks by disputed decrees

11-27-2012 07:38 BJT

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After meeting with the country’s top judges, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi says he will stick by the controversial decree that grants him sweeping powers.

A presidential spokesman announced that no changes were made to the new constitutional declaration and "sovereignty matters" are the only field free of legal reviews. During the meeting, the judges expressed concern about Thursday’s constitutional declaration which allows Morsi to issue any law or decision, which can’t be challenged by the courts. But President Morsi sought to clarify that any irrevocable decisions apply only to issues related "to his sovereign powers" and stressed the temporary nature of the decree.

But the judges argued that even if immunity were limited to sovereign powers, which appears to be a compromise, there are still concerns that the text itself remains unchanged." The talks came on the eve of planned protests by rival groups, although the Muslim Brotherhood from which the president hails, withdrew its call for a rally out of fears it would spark more clashes.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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