Constitutional declaration raises objections in Egypt

Constitutional declaration of 33 articles issued by Egypt's interim president Mansour has rasied objections by both supporters of Morsi and coup supporters.

Constitutional declaration raises objections in Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Constitutional declaration of 33 articles issued by Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour has raised objections by main political parties including both supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and coup supporters along with non-governmental organizations.

The Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) described the new constitutional declaration of 33 articles as 'void' and 'illegitimate' "as it was issued by those who intervened in law and democracy."

"The constitution issued by those who toppled legitimacy is invalid," said the Brotherhood. "Ikwan does not accept any practices by those who deposed public's will." 

Deputy Chairman of Ikhwan's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)  Isam el-Uryan said pro-coup mindset took away the legislative power of the elected government adding, "The country has lost all gains leading to democracy and got back to the beginning to 'zero point'. "

Mahmoud Amer, a member of the FJP's supreme body, told the AA that the party rejected the military coup, decisions and practices by the armed forces. 

Meanwhile conservative Nour Party, second biggest behind the Brotherhood, which supported the appointment of Mansour, said they wanted constitutional amendments to go through representatives of public, rather than through a committee appointed by the president.

The April 6 Youth Movement also criticized the provisional constitution demanding amendments and said it must not be issued without consulting the non-governmental organizations. 

On the other side Egypt's rebel movement Tamarod which collected signatures for a petition and took people to the streets to protest against Morsi to demand his resignation, lashed out at the decree 'which was issued without consulting to the groups representing the society'. 

Mahmoud Badri, the founder of the Tamarod, said in a statement the decree had not been run past them, and that they would propose amendments to the presidency in the near future.

Christians in Egypt also expressed opposition to the decree saying the articles did not secure their rights. 

Egypt's coaliton of minorities said in a statement there were many faults in the provisional constitution adding the articles contradicted. 

Mass protests in Egypt began on June 30 calling for resignation of President Mohamed Morsi. Following the protests, unrest was ignited in the country.The unrest and rising death toll prompted the military to warn Morsi on July 1 that it would intervene and impose its own "roadmap" if he did not satisfy the public's demands within 48 hours and end the political crisis.

Morsi was toppled by the Egyptian armed forces on July 3, and the army announced the suspension of the constitution. 

Egypt's head of constitutional court Adly Mansour was announced as the interim president and Hazem al-Beblawi was appointed as the interim prime minister.

Tens of people were killed and hundreds of people were injured during the protests. There is still tension in the country and the unrest is continuing. 

Since July 5, at least 88 people have been killed in protests and political violence, including three members of the security forces, with around 1,500 wounded, according to the figures of Amnesty International.

Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2013, 14:11
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