23 November 2012

Egypt: Morsy Announces New Constitutional Declaration

President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday 22/11/2012 issued a new constitutional declaration that would bring about retrials of persons suspected of involvement in killing and attempted killing of protesters of the January 25 revolution.

The new constitutional declaration stipulates holding retrials into crimes pertaining to killing and injuring protesters as well as terror crimes committed against revolutionaries under the former regime, said presidential spokesman Yasser Ali.

All laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by the president since coming to office on 30 June 2012 are final and unchallengeable by anyone, Ali said.

A new public prosecutor, from members of the judiciary, was appointed for a four-year term, he added.

The new draft constitution will be formed within a maximum period of eight months, instead of six, from the date of the formation of the Constituent Assembly, the president ordered.

No judicial body is entitled to dissolve the Shura Council or the Constituent Assembly, the presidential spokesman said.

The president has the right to take measures necessary to face any threats posed to the January revolution, national unity or security in accordance with the law, the spokesman added.

President Morsy appointed Counselor Talaat Ibrahim as the new Public Prosecutor.

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