Morsi Rescinds Decree

President Morsi of Egypt has rescinded the decree he enacted several weeks ago giving him wide reaching powers, more powers than even Mubarak ever had.  This is clearly in response to the unrest that has plagued the increasingly divided country since his decision.  Although a victory for the opposition and Morsi’s critics, it will not go far enough.  The reason Morsi took these powers in the first place was in order to rush through a constitution which many claim is biased towards the views of the Muslim Brotherhood, and so in that respect his aims have still been fully achieved.  The opposition will be continuing to demand that the constitutional referendum is postponed and for fairer discussions over the drafting of the constitution.

So welcome news, but the crisis hasn’t ended yet.

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Back in Tahrir Square

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After watching scenes of jubilation from Cairo’s Tahrir Square – the focus point for protests during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution – following the resignation of President Mubarak, I thought scenes like this would become confined to history books; hopefully to be remembered as the day Egypt won its freedom. Yet here we are, 22 months later, back in Tahrir Square, as the Egyptian people must still fight for their liberty.