Morsi heading to Tahrir at six, activists scorned at his SCC oath decision

Ahmed Aboulenein
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Tahrir square protests. (AP photo)
Tahrir square protests (AP photo)

Thousands of Egyptians made their way to Tahrir Square in protest of the recent constitutional decree released by the ruling military council.

The protesters are waiting for President-elect Mohamed Morsi who is set to make his way there.The president-elect performed Friday prayers in Al-Azhar mosque and was supposed to head immediately to Tahrir to make a statement but the timing was changed to  6 pm.

The constitutional decree released by the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces severely limits the president’s powers and many political parties and groups, including Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party, have rejected it.

The decree came after SCAF dissolved the lower house of parliament, the People’s Assembly, after a Supreme Constitutional Court ruling that found the parliamentary elections law unconstitutional.The president is supposed to take his oath of office infront of parliament but the Constitutional Decree Amendment changed that to be infront of the general assembly of the SCC.

Many activists have called on Morsi to swear the oath in parliament in rejection of the decree but the presidency has released a statement yesterday confirming that the president-elect will abide by the court ruling and swear the oath infront of the SCC.

In response, many activists and groups such as April 6 (The Democratic Front) and the Second Revolution of Anger have announced they will be pulling out of today’s planned protest. They argue that if Morsi plans to take his oath of office infront of the SCC, he is accepting the SCAF decree.

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Ahmed Aboul Enein is an Egyptian journalist who hates writing about himself in the third person. Follow him on Twitter @aaboulenein