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Morsy’s decrees could be lifted in as little as two weeks

November 28th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Egypt's crisis over within 15 days?

Making sense of Egypt's political crisis

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The decrees that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy issued last week, which have sparked a constitutional crisis in Egypt, could be lifted in the next two weeks.

That’s according to Essam el-Erian, a top adviser to Morsy, and a senior leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing.

El-Erian told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the constitutional process has been greatly accelerated, so much so that a draft will be voted on in the constitutional assembly on Thursday or Friday. 

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Morsy's November 22 decree said that Egypt’s judges are unable to overturn his decisions or interfere with the constitutional council. He also fired the nation's top prosecutor.

Morsy’s move to extend his powers sparked protests in cities across Egypt and a return to mass demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir square. On Wednesday protests in the square turned violent.

If the draft passes the constitutional assembly, el-Erian said that it would go to a national referendum within 15 days. He said that if a majority of the Egyptian people affirm the constitution, Morsy’s edicts would be lifted.

El-Erian also stated that all previous decrees would be lifted, including those from SCAF (the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces), which have been a major roadblock for Morsy since he became the first democratically elected president in the history of Egypt.

Fears about female and minority rights have persisted since Morsy won an election in June, but el-Erian said that the draft explicitly protects rights both women and Egypt’s Christian minority.

“All national dreams about a democratic system reflecting the hopes of the people and also the identity and civilization, Arabic Islamic civilizations and Christians have their desires in the constitution according to their own draft given to the assembly,” he said.

The role of Sharia law has also been a point of concern - el-Erian said that the new constitution will incorporate a longstanding section that incorporates some of the “principles” of Sharia law, but he believes it will be broad enough to satisfy secular concerns.

But, in a development that may be worrisome to secular Egyptians, he added, that another article has been added “to explain” what the principles of Sharia are as interpreted by Muslim scholars.

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    November 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  2. Olufemi Adebayo

    November 29, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  3. Terik Ororke

    Can't the egyptians see that their country is slowly being turned into another Iran? They need to throw out the radical leadrs and restore their once great civilization minus religious interference.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • FyasL

      sir, we're trying our best, as liberal Muslims, to avoid the Iran experience. the only 5% fundementalists can't rule Egypt anymore. we need the USA help

      November 29, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  4. B.O. Famodimu

    Death sentence for anti Islam film begs the question: Is it a message to non-Moslems that the Lord God Almighty, Allah, cannot fight his own battles by himself and he needs frail human beings to do it for him, please?

    November 29, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
  5. morsis 3rd wife

    Egypt's crisis will be over as soon as morsi and his mb crew are completely out of the government.

    No sooner.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  6. george

    is it Morsy as CNN displays it on air for the last few days or Morsi

    November 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  7. nihal said

    Mohamed Morsy is a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, former home to Ayman El Zawahri, the now Al-Qaeda leader responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the United States

    December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  8. nihal said

    Mr. Morsy, in a shameless power-grabbing move, anointed himself to be exempt from scrutiny for any action he might take, including judicial oversight, in effect placing himself above the law. His decree has sparked huge protests around the country with liberal, left-wing and Christians rightly accusing the Islamists of trying to impose their vision.

    December 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
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  10. Mehdi Alavi, Ph.D.

    According to Peace Worldwide Organization's Civility Report 2012, women are treated as second class citizens in Egypt. Many women are killed or burned in disputes known as “honor killings”. Many girls, Muslims and Christians, are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). President Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected in a fair election. To call for his step-down is absurd. However, Egyptians have every right to press their elected officials to refrain from abusing power and demand from them to enact law to provide equal rights to women and minorities.

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