Morsi grabs power in Egypt, becomes “new pharoah”

“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”

Morsi unilaterally decreed greater authorities for himself Thursday and effectively neutralized a judicial system that had emerged as a key opponent by declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions.

Riding high on U.S. and international praise for mediating a Gaza cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi put himself above oversight and gave protection to the Islamist-led assembly writing a new constitution from a looming threat of dissolution by court order. He has essentially placed himself above the law, ensured that Sharia will be implemented, and negated any influence of the secular parties which started the ‘Arab spring’ in the first place all in one fell swoop.


15 responses to “Morsi grabs power in Egypt, becomes “new pharoah””

  1. Lynne says :

    I wonder what will happen next in Egypt, whether the military will support him, whether a significant number of Egyptians will oppose or support him…

  2. Mike says :

    Wow, who could have seen that one coming? (For the sarcasm impaired: yes all of us did.)

  3. Lynne says :

    I went online to SandMonkey’s blog, but no updates since August. I believe that blogging in repressive countries like Iran, Syria, Egypt and the like are too dangerous. I’m glad that SM is not taking the risk. I wish he would come to the US really.

  4. Lynne says :

    Ooops. Should read “He is… (not his).

  5. 300yrs in America says :

    I saw this coming when the uprising started.democracy freedom of speech and religion are considered idolotry in islam.this is exactly what i expected.i hate that obama gave this butcher credibility in the worlds sad for egypt how sad for Yisrael and how sad for the world.tmb is the grandfather of almost all the terrorist orgs.on earth.where is a military coup de’etat when we need one?

  6. Eitan (@EitanDC) says :

    Egyptians are going to be calling for Hosni to be reinstated by the time this all plays out. The whole situation has been so utterly predicatable, but everyone turned a blind eye. Change for the sake of change isn’t usually a positive thing.

    • Lynne says :

      Eitan, I agree. I know one of people involved in the original protests and know of others. There were so many people protesting, but they were in the thick of it and it was not evident to them that most of the population stayed home, and those who comprised the protests were for the most part the highly intelligent and moral Egyptians, well-educated and with good motivations. From their posts, it was evident that they were wildly optimistic, but many of us had the luxury of distance and had serious doubts about where this change would take them, if there was to be change at all. Change was apparently allowed because the military chose to let it happen; they were not happy with Mubarak’s son ascending to power and that had been known for a long time. So there was change because at the time the protests were a convenient way to get Mubarak out. Even that change is shifting in a way that those involved in any way had not predicted. It has not been a change for the better; I worry about what will happen next. Having a frightening, dangerous police force, accustomed to using brutality and torture—murder— was part of the old reality there and is apparently STILL a part of the reality. The Islamists are just as bad. Those holding power, the weapons and the force….who knows what they will do next? They obviously do not care about the Egyptian people. It is change alright, but not for the better, as you point out. The Obama Administration is absolutely clueless about the Middle East, and they cannot be counted on to make good decisions to benefit the people there. In fairness, it is such a mess that I don’t know what could be done to improve the situation.

  7. SirJohn says :

    I wonder if Morsi saw this coming.

    • Lynne says :

      Sir John, good question. Did he lay out this plan or did he just take the opportunity? I believe that Obama is far more pro-Muslim Brotherhood than most people realize—and he has set the stage for Islamists to take control of the Middle East.
      I am completely disgusted with the Republican Party. The party’s rigidity, inflexibility, inattention to the needs of most Americans set the stage for a maniac like Obama to be president. I thought that Romney was a good candidate but there are too many others in the party that are narrow and far too conservative, as well as those who are downright stupid. I hope that changes.

  8. israeliminx says :

    Yeah and I wonder if the O administration knew Morsi would take these steps, if this was one of the behind the scenes things they agreed on when setting Egypt up, with all that praise, to “broker” the “ceasefire.” The Obama admin has not come out with any strong terms of condemnation of Morsi’s actions at all.

    • Lynne says :

      The news sources have commented on his silence… and Benghazi is not going away… hmmmm As my grandmother used to say: “Hide and watch.”

  9. SirJohn says :

    I actually meant if Morsi anticipated the resistance. The plan to take over the country has long been ready. And BHO is a big supporter of the islamization of the world, as we have known for the last 4 years.

    What you say about the Republicans is true, Lynne, and that is why they lost the election. For years I had been lamenting that they did never speak up. No other administration ever, maybe except for Carter’s, had given them so much ammunition. Yet, the GOP stuck to the two topics the majority of the country was not interested in: destroying Obamacare and lowering taxes for the rich. With that limited agenda they had to lose big time. And they did. Just as I had predicted.

    • Lynne says :

      Sir John, I totally agree. As long as the GOP continues to be so out of touch with the needs and concerns of the American people and to have leaders who are so conservative and narrow, they will continue to lose…and frankly to lose more and more supporters. No one gets the focus on protecting the taxes of the wealthy, and their explanations of helping the economy are not convincing to a middle class that pays significant taxes already. People know so little about Obamacare that they have no real reason to be concerned, though they may be concerned later once it goes into effect.
      I thought that Romney was a decent candidate, but so many of the other Republican leaders (some minor) made stupid comments that it was a hindrance to his election.

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