Things accelerating in Egypt nowadays in a way you can not imagine !!
As we did not finish the debate about the draft constitution and the upcoming referendum that we do not whether we should boycott it or not to find these presidential decrees pouring on our heads !!
First we found out that Morsi has granted the army officers the judicial arrest authority from now till the planned referendum according to an official announcement in the official State newspaper aka “The Egyptian Chronicles”. In other words now army officers can arrest civilians from today till December 15, 2012 !!
Why do you need army to interfere in the security of that referendum ?
This makes me wonder , if the security situation in Egypt is that horrible that you ask the army to secure that referendum , why do not you wait !? Please do not give that “The president can not violate the March 2011 constitutional declaration” answer !!
This is a set back to human rights in Egypt. Already SCAF tried to pass the Judicial arrest authority thing and failed but what you know the President who headed Freedom and Justice Party that stood against it in early 2012 has passed it !!
As if we do not have enough from the return of military trials to civilians in the draft constitution according to article 198. BY the way a trivial piece of info : Do you know that the legendary draft constitution of 1954 did not have this article.
Second President Morsi who holds legislative authority announced sweeping increase in sales taxes and stamp duties on wide range of consumer goods and services as well amended Egypt’s income and property tax laws in the biggest austerity measurements since January 1977. Of course we should remember the famous uprising of January 1977 in Egypt resulted from the austerity measurements then.
Already if you think about these measures will make things tougher for Morsi and Muslim brotherhood in this particular time. The Middle class will hate and will stand against the MB more and more whether through ballot boxes or through protests that can really turn in to uprisings.
Pakinam El Sharkawy , Morsi’s aide for political issues denies any prior knowledge about the increase of taxes because they are economic decisions. “Amazingly almost all of his advisors and aides know nothing”
Of course political sciences professor she knows the impact of that increase economically especially now and that’s why she is against the increase in taxation now. Thanks Pakinam, you should say this to your boss instead of us !!
Who is that genius behind that decree ?? No one knows but some day we will.
One of the demands of the #Jan28 is social justice by the way !!