Morsi's decrees spark anger among AUC students

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

A number of AUCians have expressed their dissatisfaction with President Morsi's latest presidential decrees, which sparked controversy in the country and pushed hundreds of thousands to the streets in protest last week.

Issued on November 22, the decrees are comprised of seven arti­cles. Most notably is the second arti­cle, which says that all decrees issued by the president from the start of his term cannot be repealed by any indi­vidual or entity until a new constitu­tion and parliament are put in place.

The fifth article states that the judiciary cannot dissolve the Shoura Council or the constituent assembly. The work of the assembly has also been extended for two more months.

In addition, Morsi decided to appoint a new prosecutor general, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah, to replace Abdel Meguid Mohmoud. He also ordered a new investigation into the deaths of protesters during the January 25 uprising and beyond, and the retrial of officials who were implicated in the events.

"What he did show is his or the Muslim Brotherhood's true inten­tions, which are to control everything in the country. There is no democracy whatsoever," Nesma Nassef, architec­ture engineering senior, said.

"Can't he see what he's doing to the country? Or does he not care enough to mention the disasters that have been happening, such as the Assiut train incident?" Karima Habib, an IMC senior, said, "Our country is fall­ing apart and I don't see him being active and trying to fix it."

Some students hoped this contro­versy would lead to a new revolution that ends the Muslim Brotherhood's dominance of power.

"We will all unite against the Brotherhood. This country is ours and we will not give it up to another dictatorship regime," student Ahmed Farid said.

Aisha Abou Youssef, a journalism major, believes that Morsi is another face of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. "[His decrees] prove how hungry he is and how desperate the Muslim Brotherhood are for absolute power and dictatorship," she said.

AUC alumnus and political activ­ist Noor Ayman Tweeted that he expected Morsi to take serious actions against the continuing of injustice.

In a second Tweet he said that his opposition to Morsi is not only for his failure to accomplish much in Egypt, but also for his insistence on commit­ting the same crimes the old regime committed while hiding behind the slogans of revolution and democracy.

AUC alumna, Mariam Kirollos, also expressed her opinion by tweet­ing, "The regime was never toppled, it just grew a beard."

Political economy professor Amr Adly expressed his disappointment in the way things have developed since the uprising.

Adly said that Morsy is using the Brotherhood's authority to give him­self more power than he is entitled.

"Morsy is claiming to be ruling by [virtue] of the revolution and this has to do with the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy from the start of claiming to be representing the revolution," Adly said. "But it's mainly for the Brotherhood's benefit."

Adly believes that democratization is a process that should have taken place after the January 25 uprising, but thinks this is far-fetched at this point.

"[Democratization] is very unlikely to happen under these undemocratic conditions with such concentration of power ... with a figure that is far from being a matter of consensus within the Egypt public," he said.

"We have lost too much and at this point Egypt can't afford losing more," he added. "The economy is in deep jeopardy and it seems like it is Morsi's farthest concern."

Adly also wondered how the drafted constitution is supposed to be democratic given, according to Adly, the undemocratic content that's being written in it.

"He [Morsi] definitely is another dictator," Adly said.