Conflict & Justice

Supporters of Egypt's President Mursi Laud His New Powers


Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi speaks to supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. (Photo: Reuters)

While thousands of Egyptians are protesting President Mohamed Mursi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge, the Egyptian leader's supporters are lauding the move.

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One of Mursi's vocal backers is Gehad el-Haddad, a senior adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood. He's also a member of the executive council of the Brotherhood's Renaissance Project.

El-Haddad says President Mursi needed the new powers to sack an unpopular general prosecutor and to reign in a hostile judiciary that wasn't willing to go after members of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

"This president saw a clear danger that can derail Egypt's transition, and he acted within his legal bounds to protect the transition against that danger," he argued.

El-Haddad said the enhanced presidential powers would allow Egypt's leader to block the "remaining strongholds of the Mubarak regime" in the judiciary and the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

"Every time Egypt reaches the end of its transition period, and we can almost see the shoreline of a new democracy, someone sinks the boat," El-Haddad said. "This time the president is adamant that no one does so."