Egypt's Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching Powers
Also orders retrial of Mubarak's leaders
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2012 2:04 PM CST
In this Friday, July 13, 2012 photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

(Newser) – Egypt's president today issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak's regime for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohamed Morsi decreed immunity for the panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it. He granted the same protection to the upper chamber of parliament, which is largely toothless. Both bodies are dominated by Morsi's Islamist allies.

Several courts are currently looking into cases demanding the dissolution of both bodies. Parliament's lower chamber, also dominated by Islamists, was dissolved in June by a court decision on the grounds that the rules governing its election were illegal. The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsi above oversight of any kind. He already has legislative powers after the powerful lower chamber was dissolved days before he took office June 30. Click for more.

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Nov 23, 2012 5:12 PM CST
i told you so way back when!! the muzziebrohood are stone cold killers who want themselves and the infidel dead! good old morsi will do very bad damage to the "nice people of egypt! our best friends in the area! mubarak told brohood to get lost and now they want to kill him! everyones best pal barinsaneobambam is still sending these stone cold killers money!!!!!!!!!!! FUBO!
Nov 23, 2012 7:22 AM CST
Sounds like Obammy?
Nov 23, 2012 3:10 AM CST
So, what's the difference between THIS asshole, and the one before him? None that I can see. None at all.