Egyptian president has called for dialogue between all political parties to reach common grounds on a constitutional declaration that grants him sweeping powers, saying that the decree is “temporary.”
In a statement issued by Mohamed Morsi’s office on Sunday, Egyptian president 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.”
On November 22, Morsi issued a new declaration, under which no judicial body can dissolve Egypt’s Constituent Assembly that is currently writing a new constitution, allowing the president to take “any decision or measure to protect the revolution.”
The announcement has sparked nationwide demonstrations by the opponents of the Egyptian president in protest at the power-extending decree.
Reports say more than 200 people have so far been injured in clashes between demonstrators and the police since Morsi’s announcement three days ago.
On Saturday, Egypt’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, also issued a statement, saying that the new decree is “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.”
Meanwhile, more than 20 Egyptian non-governmental organizations signed an open letter to denounce Morsi’s decree, calling for its immediate withdrawal. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, however, has asked for nationwide rallies to support president’s decision.