27 November 2012

Egypt: Morsi, Judicial Council Keen to Avoid Any Clash Between Judicial, Executive Authorities

Photo: Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien
Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square.

President Mohamed Morsi said immunizing the presidential constitutional declaration and decrees is restricted to those which are related to the acts of sovereignty. This immunization will end when the constitution is written and the People's Assembly elections are held, he added.

He said this act aims at preserving the State's key establishments, which is meant by the second article of the recent constitutional declaration.

This came during the president's meeting on Monday 26/11/2012 with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) in presence of Minister of Justice Ahmed Makki and Vice President Mahmoud Makki.

Following the meeting, Presidential Spokesman Dr. Yasser Ali said the president welcomed the statement issued by the SJC on November 25 in which judges have reiterated commitment to the independence of the judiciary and its immunity.

He said the men of the judiciary and the prosecution expressed their fears over the meaning of some articles of the constitutional declaration, adding the president expressed full appreciation of the judicial authority and its members and its immunity and competence.

The Presidential Spokesman said the president underlined keenness on maintaining independence of the judicial authority as it is the safety valve and the last resort for all citizens.

Ali stressed that the president explained that reopening investigations and retrials mentioned in the first article of the declaration were restricted to the emergence of new evidences.

The Spokesman said the president appreciated keenness by the SJC and the members of the General Prosecution to do their work regularly to maintain the interests and stability of the nation.

The Spokesman said the president and the members of the SJC expressed keenness to avoid any clash or disagreement between the judicial and executive authorities.

He reiterated that Morsi's constitutional declaration aims to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people. This declaration is a must to hold accountable those responsible for the corruption as well as other crimes during the former regime, the spokesman said.

Concluding, Ali said the constitutional declaration would not be amended.

Ali also noted that only professor Samir Morkos and poet Farouk Goweida resigned from the presidential team.

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