viernes, 30 de noviembre de 2012


Egypt's opposition resolved to stand firm against President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, in a showdown over his self-decreed powers that dragged the nation's top court into the political struggle. Amid renewed clashes between protesters and police in central Cairo, the Supreme Constitutional Court said it was "saddened" when Mursi joined in attacks on its justices. Maher Sami, the court's deputy chief, denied allegations that it had been politically motivated when it ruled in June to invalidate the Islamist-dominated parliament's lower house. "The court will not be intimidated by threats, warnings or blackmail and will not succumb to any pressures against it," Sami said in a statement read out on television. "It's ready to face all of this, however high the price may be, even if it costs the lives of its judges." The comments by the court, which is due on Dec. 2 to hear a case testing the legitimacy of the panel drafting Egypt's constitution, followed a night of mass demonstrations in the capital. In scenes reminiscent of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak, tens of thousands of secularists and young activists chanted against Mursi in Tahrir Square, demanding he rescind a decree shielding his decisions from the judiciary. The country's top appeals court said it was suspending work until the decree was repealed. The Brotherhood, which called off a counter-rally by its supporters planned for yesterday, will hold demonstrations in support of Mursi on Dec. 1 <b>...</b>
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