12 October 2012

Egypt: Morsi Says Not to Present Constitution to Public Unless All Sides Approve It

President Mohamed Morsi asserted on Thursday 11/10/2012 that he will not present the new constitution to the public "unless all sides approve it."

In a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Egyptian Lawyers Syndicate, the president said "the blood of the martyrs and the injured will not go in vain".

He said that celebrating of the 100th anniversary of the syndicate means that Egypt has been a state of law for many decades.

"Egyptians suffered from injustice and revolted in 1919, 1952 and 2011. These revolutions have proved that the Egyptian people do not tolerate slavery, corruption and dictatorship," Morsi added.

Morsi said that Egypt has a promising future and great opportunities knocking the country's doors. He urged citizens to cooperate and work together to seize this opportunity of democratic transition, away from disputes that waste time and effort.

Morsi noted that revolutions in the history of nations always witness bloodshed but Egypt's January 25 revolution was based on public legitimacy that was not followed by such events.

He emphasized that he made constitutional amendments to protect the legislation but not to use it against anyone, noting that during his first 60 days in office he did not use the power of legislation except in three cases, including the cancellation of the temporary detention of journalists over press-related charges.

Morsi urged Egyptians to be patient until Egypt has its permanent constitution.

He asserted that the forthcoming constitution will not represent a specific community or exclude any side, adding that his responsibility is to present the constitution to the Egyptian people, who would have the final say about it in free will.

All sides agreed in their talks that Egypt is a state of law, democracy based on constitution and law. Addressing lawyers, Morsi said that all their demands will be put into consideration.

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