Egypt After Elections: Supreme Court Rejects President Morsi’s Appeal
Jul 09, 2012 11:28 AM EDT
CAIRO, Egypt. - One of the first things Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, promised the nation was to try and restore the democratically elected parliament which was dissolved by the nation's Supreme Court a week before the presidential elections.
In its decision on Monday, the Supreme Court released a statement declaring, all decisions were "final and not subject to appeal....not a party to any political confrontation," as reported by BBC News, therefore rejecting Morsi's appeal.
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The Supreme Court, days before the presidential elections, rendered the election of the parliament, which was overwhelmingly occupied by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, as unconstitutional and thus dissolved it. The recommendation came from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) in June.
It is important to keep in mind that when Morsi was elected the country did not have an established constitution that defined his powers. The constitution was also dissolved close to the time of the elections.
Morsi has his work cut out for him. In addition to creating a fresh constitution and dealing with issues regarding the dissolution of the parliament, Morsi announced that the economy was one of his top priorities. Establishing stability and focusing on security are other top priorities for the new president-elect.
In his victory on speech Monday Morsi said, "We as Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, are preachers of civilization and building; so we were, and so we will remain, God willing, We will face together the strife and conspiracies that target our national unity....We are all equal in rights, and we all have duties toward this homeland... But for me, I have no rights, I have only duties," as he moved into office, according to the New York Times.
The president is also in the process of appointing his cabinet members. Rumors are floating that the new president-elect Mohamed Morsi has selected a woman and a Christian to serve as his two vice presidents. The appointment comes as a measure to abate suspicions about the Islamist president and his party - the Muslim Brotherhood.