26 November 2012

Egypt: Presidency - Constitutional Declaration Aims At Achieving Egyptian Interests

The presidency reiterated in a statement on Sunday 25/11/2012 that the recent constitutional declaration is meant to achieve aspirations of the Egyptian people and ensuring a successful democratic transition process.

"This declaration is deemed necessary in order to hold accountable those responsible for the corruption as well as other crimes during the previous regime and the transitional period," the presidency statement said.

The presidency asserted the temporary nature of the president's decrees, saying he wanted dialogue with political forces.

The presidency said the decree was "not meant to concentrate powers" but their devolution. It aimed at avoiding the politicization of the judiciary, the statement said.

It also aimed to "abort any attempt" to hinder the work of two democratically elected councils (the People's Assembly and Shura Council), the presidency said.

"The presidency stresses its firm commitment to engage all political forces in the inclusive democratic dialogue to reach a common ground and bridge the gap in order to reach a national consensus on the constitution," the presidency added.

The advisory panel of President Morsi has expressed its categorical rejection of the constitutional declaration and the decrees he has recently taken. In a statement yesterday, the panel said President Morsi met the panel during the past two days on the constitutional declaration and the decrees which stirred fears of the Egyptian street.

The Supreme Judicial Council announced that it is doing their best to achieve the demands of judges and prosecutors and to protect their independence.

President Mohamed Morsi will meet with the members of the Supreme Judicial Council chaired by Counselor Mohamed Momtaz on Monday.

Momtaz is expected to convey to the president the judges' opinion regarding the constitutional declaration issued Thursday, an official judicial source said.

Commenting on the decisions taken by the General Assembly of Judges Club, Counselor Adel Raslan, the Deputy Head of the State Council said the decisions taken by the General Assembly are just recommendations that need to be endorsed by the higher authority namely the Supreme Judicial Council. He said the decisions taken by the assembly only expressed the stance of the members of the club and can not be implemented unless they were approved by the Supreme Judicial Council.

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