Egypt! Egypt! Egypt!

Mohamed Morsi has defied Egypt’s top court and its powerful military council by ordering the country’s dissolved parliament back to work

11 July

They know he is standing up to the military … alone.

Thousands in Cairo protest high court ruling

“We want to tell the President to alter the Consitutional Court through a national referendum.

“Ask the people. The peoples’ authority is higher than that of the court.”

“The court is trying to put pressure on the president. They know he is standing up to the military council, alone.”

Egypt court rules against parliament recall

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has frozen the decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi reinstating the Islamist-led parliament.

“The court ruled to halt the president’s decision to recall the parliament,” Judge Maher el-Beheiry said in court on Tuesday.

Lawyers representing Morsi criticised the court’s latest decision and said Tuesday’s ruling was a political move that would further complicate the crisis.

“This ruling is null and void,” lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told reporters while another member of the team, Mamduh Ismail, called it a “political decision”.

Meanwhile, thousands of protesters rallied on Tuesday evening in Tahrir Square, the hub of the revolution, in support of Morsi and chanting “Down with the military” and other slogans hostile to judges and TV anchors they accuse of being anti-Islamist.

10 July

Behold, Thailand, what a government representing the people can accomplish in the face of judicial coup and military tyranny … and stop confusing the Puea Thai government with one representing the people of Thailand.

Egypt parliament meets in defiance of court

Egypt’s parliament has met in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved the assembly last month, escalating tensions with the military just 10 days into Mohamed Morsi’s presidency.

Parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni, who like Morsi hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, which has the biggest bloc in parliament, opened the session with a speech aired live on state television on Tuesday.

9 July

Egypt’s Morsi orders parliament to reconvene

President Mohamed Morsi has defied Egypt’s top court and its powerful military council by ordering the country’s dissolved parliament back to work.

Morsi issued a decree on Sunday withdrawing the decision of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) last month to dissolve parliament, which came after the Supreme Constitutional Court found that the legislature had been elected using an unconstitutional method.

The decree states that Morsi decided to restore the elected People’s Assembly, which was voted into office over three months beginning in November, and reconvene it in session to begin issuing legislation again.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s political party won nearly half of the assembly and Morsi, though stepped down from a leadership position in the Brotherhood, is still a member.

The decree appears to be an attempt by Morsi to bring parliament back without directly contradicting the supreme court.

Rather than address the court’s decision, which stated that parliament should be dissolved, Morsi cancelled the subsequent move by the SCAF, at the time the acting executive power, to implement the court’s decision.

In Thailand Shinawatra II has pledged to cooperate with the disassembly of the elected government by the Substitutional Court.

The tone taken by Al Jazeera in reporting on Morsi’s straightforward move in defense of popular sovereignty is pro-military, is “law and order” … cooperating with the debasement of the law by the military and its stooges on the court.

Not at all unlike the mainstream media response to the judicial coup in Thailand.

Let’s hope the Egyptian people back up their elected president and face down the military!

And let’s hope they inspire the Thai people to do the same.

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