Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president-elect, took a symbolic oath of office during a rousing speech in Cairo, promising dignity and social justice to a crowd of tens of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square.
“We will complete the journey in a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state,” he told the crowd, to applause and cheers.
Morsi, a former Muslim Brotherhood official, promised to end torture and discrimination, and to deliver social justice for millions of Egyptians.
He also issued several challenges to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt’s military rulers.
He insisted that “no institution will be above the people,” critiquing an army which has sought to shield itself from parliamentary oversight. “You are the source of authority,” he told the crowd.
Morsi also vowed to work for the release of civilians arrested by the army since the revolution; more than 12,000 people have been tried by military tribunals since February 2011, according to local human rights groups.
Morsi will formally take his oath on Saturday morning, and then travel to Cairo University to deliver an inauguration speech.
He will take office amidst a great deal of political uncertainty. He swore to uphold the constitution, but Egypt still does not have a permanent constitution, only a series of “constitutional declarations” issued by the ruling generals.
Shortly before parliament was dissolved, lawmakers appointed a 100-member assembly to draft a new constitution. That panel, too, may be dissolved by court order, though the administrative court hearing the case says it will not issue a ruling until July.
Clearly the Puea Thai Party is simply not up to the job they’ve been sent to do by the people of Thailand. Neither are the ‘UDD Co-Leaders’.
Who will stand before the Thai people and declare …
Thailand, too, must have a civil state, a nationalist state, a constitutional state, a modern state!
Thailand, too, must end torture and discrimination, and deliver social justice!
“You, too, people of Thailand, are the source of authority in Thailand”. No institution will be above the people!
In Thailand, too, the army may shield itself from parliamentary oversight no longer!
Thailand, too, will release civilians arrested by the army!
Thailand, too, still does not have a permanent constitution, only a series of “constitutional declarations” issued by ruling generals.
In Thailand, too, before parliament was dissolved, lawmakers established a Constitutional Drafting Assembly. A Thai ‘court’, too, may ‘order’ it dissolved in July. Governments are instituted among men and women, and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. When they overstep their bounds it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish them. The Thai people will undertake the amendment/rewriting of their constitution.
… and lead them to the realization of their aspirations?