30 November 2012

Egypt: Morsi - All Citizens Participated in January 25 Revolution With No Discrimination

President Mohamed Morsi said that a constitutional declaration that issued last week realizes requirements of the current stage. "All Egyptians participated in January 25 revolution with no discrimination between any citizen," Morsi said in an interview with Egypt's state TV on Thursday 29/11/2012.

The president said that the revolution has broad goals, including freedoms and democracy along with establishing balanced relations with all countries of the world.

"We want Egypt to change with no meddling from any side," Morsi said.

Asked about the constitution-drafting panel, Morsi said the 100-member panel was picked up by an elected parliament.

"The panel is set to finalize a draft constitution soon," Morsi said.

Morsi noted that all constitutional declarations will be cancelled automatically if the Egyptians voted for the planned constitution.

He voiced gladness with all protests nationwide whether supporting or protesting his declaration.

The opposition is needed to draw the attention of decision makers to take all their decisions after careful consideration, Morsi said.

Morsi vowed to bring to justice those who killed peaceful protesters during the January 25 revolution. He stressed that "this will be made through legal not extraordinary measures."

Asked about the sweeping powers stipulated in the controversial declaration, Morsi said such powers are confined only to "sovereign decisions".

When the lower house of parliament was dissolved by a court ruling, the legislative powers went to the elected president but for a very short and exceptional period until a new parliament is elected, said Morsi. The new constitutional declaration, issued on November 22, will expire when the public votes on the new constitution, he stressed.

Speaking about protests held against his constitutional declaration, Morsi said he was disheartened to see figures from the former regime standing side by side with revolutionaries, pretending to be patriots. He vowed to hold re-trials for those acquitted of killing the protesters during the revolution over inadequate evidence.

He underlined his respect to peaceful protests and expression of opinion. As for the dismissal of the prosecutor general, the president said it was a revolutionary demand since the very beginning.

The decision was taken a bit late due to the situation in the country during the transitional period, he said.

Morsi stressed his appreciation to the judiciary and its independence, saying that he became the legislator after the parliament's dissolution. He ruled out the possibility as an elected president to take suppressive decisions against the people.

The withdrawal of the church representatives from the Constituent Assembly, the constitution-drafting body, is not a source of concern, Morsi said, adding he met with head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II last week along with other church representatives.

The Egyptian people will succeed in getting out of the bottleneck and overcome all crises regardless of their complexity or enormity.

Attempts to scare Christians off from Islamist ruling will not come to fruition, he said.

Turning to the loan issue of the International Monetary Fund, Morsi said he would never pursue a loan that could in any way possible harm the citizens or allow for interference in Egyptian affairs. Egypt needs real investments besides the loan, he said.

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