Standoff: New Egyptian president defies military, orders parliament back to work despite court ruling

posted at 6:13 pm on July 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Looks like this is coming to a head tomorrow so let’s start paying attention now. What’s a newly elected president to do after he’s been stripped of meaningful power by a ruling military junta? Simple: Challenge them in the name of democracy and hope that the public rallies behind him. Surely, Egyptians will support a popularly elected Islamist against their new military dictators and a Mubarak-appointed judiciary, right?

Right?

Egypt’s Supreme Court has rejected Mohammed Morsi’s decree to reinstate parliament, setting the president against the judiciary and military.

“All the rulings and decisions of the Supreme Constitutional Court are final and not subject to appeal … and are binding for all state institutions,” the court said in a statement…

“In any decent and democratic country, a president cannot disrespect the judiciary,” said Rifaat al-Said, the head of the leftist Al-Tagammu party.

“Whether Morsi likes it or not, he must respect the judiciary’s decisions,” he told state television.

Remember, the Egyptian Supreme Court ruled last month that the country’s new parliament was unconstitutionally elected. Sure looked like they were in cahoots with the junta on that; they’re all Mubarak cronies, after all, and the ruling had the convenient effect of dissolving the one key obstacle to total military control. The military promptly capitalized too, declaring that it would appoint its own panel for the all-important task of drafting the country’s new constitution. It was, in other words, a coup, barely disguised as the rule of law — and yet, according to CNN’s correspondent in the vid below, the mood in Cairo is that it’s Morsi who’s overreached by ordering parliament back into session in defiance of a Court ruling. I can’t quite believe that Egyptians respect the Court enough on the merits that they’d side with it after it just torpedoed the first democratic assembly that the country’s had in decades. Which means one of two things is happening here: Either civil order has now broken down sufficiently that the public’s come around to counterrevolutionary military rule in the name of law and order, or, more likely, fears of domination by the Muslim Brotherhood among non-Islamists are now so intense after Morsi’s victory that any new limitation on the MB’s power is cheered. Brotherhood-controlled parliament liquidated? Great! New Brotherhood-affiliated president’s bid to reconvene parliament thwarted? Great! Hooray for corrupt old-regime judges.

While Morsi probably doesn’t care if the army lets parliament reassemble, he does care how the public reacts to his challenge. The MB’s only real leverage against the junta is popular support, but if you believe CNN, there ain’t much of that. In fact, according to the Guardian, parliament itself may split over the Brotherhood’s scheduled power play tomorrow:

The speaker of the house, Saad El-Katatny, called for MPs to convene at parliament at noon on Tuesday for its first session since the court ruling and subsequent dissolution. Katatny is also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which, through its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), holds the majority bloc in parliament.

Mahmoud Helmy of the FJP told the Guardian: “We were contacted by the general committee of the assembly to attend the session on Tuesday, and that’s what we will do. In a politicised decision, Scaf gave itself the right to dissolve parliament and created a legislative vacuum. The president revoked this decision with the very same powers that had been afforded to Scaf.”

But not all MPs support the decision to reconvene, in what they perceive to be in contravention of the law. Liberal MP Mohamed Abu Hamed told the Guardian that Morsi’s decision was “an affront to judicial authority and makes a mockery of how the state functions and the separation of powers.”

Abu Hamed said he’ll show up tomorrow but has filed suit challenging Morsi’s decree. The dissolution of parliament is wonderful news for the minority parties, after all: If/when the next elections are held, the popular backlash to Brotherhood domination should mean that the MB’s representation shrinks. The question is who’ll benefit from that, the more secular parties or the even nuttier Islamists in the Salafist parties.

Exit question via Time: Was Morsi’s “bold challenge” to the junta actually something he coordinated with military leaders?


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No wonder those non-refundable “See The Pyramids” tickets were so cheap…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

…Arab Spring!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Hey, he stole this from the Obama playbook!

yubley on July 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Well,I guess this means,back to Tahrir Square
for another stand-off!!!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

“In any decent and democratic country, a president cannot disrespect the judiciary,” said Rifaat al-Said, the head of the leftist Al-Tagammu party

…Ha ha!… C O M E to A M E R I C A…look for a guy with wing-span ears!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

When do rockets start to be fired into Israel? It ALWAYS ends that way.

Oil Can on July 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

As hard as it is to say it, the leftists are the good guys in Egypt. The more secular their government becomes, the better off we and the rest of the world are.

AngusMc on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Listening to the CNN info-babe,talking about,
the conditions in Eygpt,sounds like……

…..one could substitute Morsi for Hopey,
in students looking for jobs,and the Power
Grabbing!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

This dolt had better get his head out of his backside and remember that he is out gunned in a big way.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

…Ha ha!… C O M E to A M E R I C A…look for a guy with wing-span ears!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

KOOLAID2:Haha….baaaaaaaaaaaad KA2,but I agree!:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Hey, he stole this from the Obama playbook!
yubley on July 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

More likely that he received a call from the oval office.

txhsmom on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

This dolt had better get his head out of his backside and remember that he is out gunned in a big way.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Maybe. The military might be worried about their own soldiers following orders so they might not want to get too aggressive as yet.

sharrukin on July 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Is Morsi also Kenyan?

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

This dolt had better get his head out of his backside and remember that he is out gunned in a big way.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

rplat:Good point,unless he unleash’s the BrotherHood Jihady Goons!:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

“In any decent and democratic country, a president cannot disrespect the judiciary,” said Rifaat al-Said, the head of the leftist Al-Tagammu party.

Well they obviously didn’t watch Barry’s State of the Union address.

GarandFan on July 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Who cares? Honestly, lets just hope and pray Egyptians go back to killing each other and leave the rest of the world alone.

In the mean time, how about that heat????

SWalker on July 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Yea, Bibi can only plug the hole on that rats nest for so long.

I’m sure it won’t be long before Hitlery comes charging out to defend the Muslim Brotherhood. Then Jimmy the Jew Hater can come out with one of his racist rants in favor of Islamofascism.

I guess, at the moment, they’re too busy figuring out how to use the execution of a woman in Afganistan, with an AK delivered by Eric WithHolder and the Boys at ATF, in order to restrict our 2nd Amendment, here in the states.

God Bless America!

paratisi on July 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM

More likely that he received a call from the oval office.

txhsmom on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Yup! He he

yubley on July 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

All I gotta say is thank God I went to see the Pyramids when I did!

NavyMustang on July 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Didn’t I see recently where TFGP has invited Morsi to the White House? Wonder how that’s going to work out? Morsi on top?

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

President Morrissey?

Ed’s bro?

Lanceman on July 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Didn’t I see recently where TFGP has invited Morsi to the White House? Wonder how that’s going to work out? Morsi on top?

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

He did.

Egyptian President Morsi Invited To White House As Obama Opens To Islamists

JPeterman on July 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

1) I don’t believe anything CNN says. They see what they want to see. Their narrative is pre-written. They’ve been describing a fiction about this whole thing from day 1.

2) This is all just scenery. Temporary short-term power jockeying. The upshot of all of this will be a sharia-based, Islamic supremacist government with the military fully on board.

WhatSlushfund on July 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Standoff: New Egyptian president defies military, orders parliament back to work despite court ruling

..who does this out-of-control, radical, islamic jihadist muslism tyrannical dictator think he is – OBOZO?

TeaPartyNation on July 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Didn’t I see recently where TFGP has invited Morsi to the White House? Wonder how that’s going to work out? Morsi on top?

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

And then there is this…………..

Top Obama State Department Official Meets With Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President…

What in the hell is going on?

JPeterman on July 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Praise be to Allah may they all kill each other off.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Remember, the Egyptian Supreme Court ruled last month that the country’s new parliament was unconstitutionally elected. Sure looked like they were in cahoots with the junta on that

Why does that sound so familiar?

mankai on July 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

When did David Mamet get elected president of Egypt?

echosyst on July 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I see a cold slab in Morsi’s future.

claudius on July 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

He and BHO buddies..?

d1carter on July 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

standoff!?!?!

there’s not even been a hudna yet!

they’re on their way to a showdown, and the recent past indicates that the military will lose.

the muslim brotherhood got the military to toss mubarak to the sharks.

there’s no reason to think they will all of a sudden stand firm now.

and all of this is obama’s fault:

when he scheduled his cairo speech he demanded that the muslim brotherhood be allowed to attend – over mubarak’s objections.

so 25 years from now, when historians ask “who lost north arica?” the answer is clear: obama.

more here – written right after the speech.

reliapundit on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

This dolt had better get his head out of his backside and remember that he is out gunned in a big way.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

rplat:Good point,unless he unleash’s the BrotherHood Jihady Goons!:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And if some of them are in the military…there will be civil war in Egypt. Might be a good time for Bibi to take back Gaza.

Steve Z on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Thanks for a good laugh in a bad situation.

Cleombrotus on July 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Let’s not forget that the parliament was in the process of legislating revenge against the opposition partys in the form of jail just for being opposed to the MB. That is what Muslims will do when a critical mass is attained in the population. Beware folks, in any population.

jake49 on July 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Praise be to Allah may they all kill each other off.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Inshallah!

profitsbeard on July 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Steve Z on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

And the Sinai.

WhatSlushfund on July 9, 2012 at 8:51 PM

This dolt had better get his head out of his backside and remember that he is out gunned in a big way.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Morsi or BHO? Seems an adequate description of either.

IrishEyes on July 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

As hard as it is to say it, the leftists are the good guys in Egypt. The more secular their government becomes, the better off we and the rest of the world are.

AngusMc on July 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Anytime I hear some TheoCon being all butthurt on the concept of “separation of church & state”, I point them to nations like Egypt. Religious leaders running the nation went out with the Judges of old Israel. It is a bad idea, period, and 1000x worse when the religion is Islam.

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 1:20 AM