Overnight Egypt has turned from being a new democracy to a dictatorship governed by what El-Baradei and other leading opposition leaders called “Egypt’s new pharaoh.”
His Majesty Morsy issued the revolution’s execution orders in a presidential decree which included:
– All investigations into the killing of protesters or the use of violence against them will be re-conducted; trials of those accused will be re-held (i.e. Former President Hosni Mubarak will be retried)
– All constitutional declarations, laws and decrees made since Mr. Mursi assumed power cannot be appealed or cancelled by any individual, or political or government body.
– The public prosecutor will be appointed by the President for a fixed term of four years.
– No judicial authority can dissolve the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly or the upper house of parliament (Shura Council)
– The President is authorized to take any measures he sees fit in order to preserve the revolution, to preserve national unity, or to safeguard national security.
The Islamist puppet President has officially signed a decree declaring the elimination of the revolution’s goals and Egypt’s newly-found democratic era. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has silently lamented their decision to support the Islamist President following his victory. The United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and all other countries have completely ignored Morsy’s undemocratic decrees, which have led to some (slightly exaggerated) comparisons between Morsy and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Still, everyone was quick to condemn Hosni Mubarak – who would have never dared to give himself such sweeping powers (officially) – but the world has remained silent on Morsy’s extremely worrying and volatile decisions.
In Egypt the situation is different. Retrying the members of the former regime is simply intended to placate the Egyptian people: Morsy hopes that by including such a statement, Egyptians will turn a blind eye to every other article which clearly violates basic democratic principles.
However, the fact that the President believes that his government’s actions should not be opposed or monitored by any other bodies in order to “preserve the revolution,” is an insult to every Egyptian who spent 18 days protesting in Tahrir Square in 2011. It is also an insult to every Egyptian with common sense: dictatorial laws in order to promote democracy? Respect for the law is of utmost importance. It is an important and necessary aspect for a better Egypt. The law is the building block of any society, and thus no man should have the power to be above the law.
These latest decisions threaten not only the revolution, but the nation. Violating the law with such ease is not acceptable and will lead to the fall of Egyptian society. Violating the Egyptian people’s promises and demands should be out of the question.
Opposition leaders – from Mohammed El Baradei to Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabbahi – have called for ‘Anti-Morsy/Anti-Muslim Brotherhood’ protests. It will remain to be seen whether Morsy signed the execution of the revolution, or simply the termination of his Presidency and the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood.