In Egypt distance is widening between judiciary and the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood government after a recent decree issued by President Morsi granting himself extensive powers. According to the decree the President’s decisions could not be challenged in any forum. Now Judicial supreme council has called nationwide strikes after Morse decree, life has come to a standstill and several cases are pending in the courts.

This new decree by President Morsi has forced his opponents to call its followers to gather at Tahrir Square and clashes have erupted at the now famous Taharir Square. After long years of dictator ship Egypt is passing through a democratic period and the hopes of Egyptians are very high. Only some months ago thousands of people celebrated victory of the Muslim Brotherhood around the country and the atmosphere was very peaceful. Now the country is facing worse economic and political crises, unemployment rate is growing and general public expectations are very high. The Brotherhood’s relation with the powerful military council is also not very good. Only month ago Morsi removed powerful military chief Tantavi from his post. Peace situation is also getting worse in Sinai area bordering with Israel and the recent attacks killed several security personnel’s in Sinai.

Muslim Brotherhood also has serious reservations on trial of officials of former Mubarak regime. For the last several years the country was also facing tension between Muslim and Christians and several people lost their lives in last year riots. In his first speech the President said that he is the President of all Egyptians and his party would also protect rights of every man, women and minorities. Only days ago Egyptian president also played a vital role in a peace truce between Israel and Hammas, the whole world appreciated his efforts. Newly elected President and most of the new elected members are highly educated and are capable of facing economic and political challenges. They must live up the expectations of the people, who want change, freedom of expression and transparent democracy. 

KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ,

Jeddah, November 25.