Mursi to meet judges over power grab

 

 Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi meets senior judges on Monday to try to defuse a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests .

 The justice minister said he believed Mursi would agree with the country's highest judicial authority on its proposal to limit the scope of the new powers.

But the protesters, some camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square, have said only retracting the decree will satisfy them, a sign of the deep rift between Islamists and their opponents that is destabilizing Egypt two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted,according to Reuters.

"There is no use amending the decree," said Tarek Ahmed, 26, a protester who stayed the night in Tahrir, where tents covered the central traffic circle. "It must be scrapped."

One person has been killed and about 370 injured in clashes between police and protesters since Mursi issued the decree on Thursday shielding his decisions from judicial review.

The stock market is down more than 7 percent.

Mursi's political opponents have accused him of behaving like a dictator and the West has voiced its concern, worried by more turbulence in Egypt.

Mursi's administration has defended his decree as an effort to speed up reforms and complete a democratic transformation. Leftists, liberals, socialists and others say it has exposed the autocratic impulses of a man once jailed by Mubarak.

Mursi's office said he would meet Egypt's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, on Monday, and the council hinted at compromise.

Mursi's decree should apply only to "sovereign matters", it said, suggesting it did not reject the declaration outright, and called on judges and prosecutors, some of whom began a strike Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky, speaking about the council statement, said: "I believe President Mohamed Mursi wants that."

A group of lawyers and activists have also challenged Mursi's decree in an administrative court, which said it would hold its first hearing on December 4. Other decisions by Mursi have faced similar legal challenges brought to court by opponents.

Banners in Tahrir called for dissolving the assembly drawing up a constitution.

Only once a constitution is written can a new parliamentary election be held. Until then, legislative and executive power remains in Mursi's hands, and Thursday's decree puts his decisions above judicial oversight.

 

Talks with Mursi have been rejected by members of a National Salvation Front, a new opposition coalition that brings together liberal, leftist and other politicians and parties, who until Mursi's decree had been a fractious bunch struggling to unite.

"There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," prominent opposition leader and Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday. He has said he expected to act as the Front's coordinator.

R.S

 

Syria Targeted by Enemies,says Nasralla

BEIRUT, (ST) – In a speech aired on al-Manar TV channel on Sunday on the 10th of Muharam,Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah  made it clear  that Syria is targeted by its enemies on more than one level, calling for ending violence and bloodshed to keep unified and recover for taking its key position in the region again.

Nasrallah said that many say that the main title of Ashura is defending the oppressed, and in Syria today the oppressed are its people as a whole, its army and its entity because Syria is targeted on more than one level.

"Last year, we said that there are legitimate rights of reform and there are those who accept these rights…today defending the oppressed in Syria is represented by the call for ending fight and bloodshed to keep Syria unified and in order to recover,"asserted Nasralla.

Nasrallah stressed that there are those who are tempering with the security of the region to serve the Zionist enemy, warning of the danger of transforming enemies to friends.

Hezbollah Secretary General said that the attempts to present the Zionist entity as a friend in the region and Iran as an enemy are hopeless …all those who present Iran as an enemy are servants to Israel..day after day it becomes obvious for the Arab and Moslem people that Iran is a friend of the Arabs and the Moslems…when Iran supports resistance movements , it fulfills its duty, stemming from its faithful and strategic position.

"I draw Arabs' attention that all those who try to present Iran as an enemy are Israel's servants whether they knew it or not," he said, adding that the US-Zionist project in the region threatens the region's people and sanctities, dignity and religions.

Nasrallah congratulated the Palestinian resistance in Gaza on the victory over the Zionist entity, saying " this is a real victory no matter how some sides tried to question it, as they did in July 2006's victory and Gaza former victory.

"Palestine is our central issue and it will always be, as there is nothing that can preclude man from his faith…there are some sides that attempt through stirring seditions to put psychological barriers between the Arab people and Palestine, but I say to everyone that Palestine is part of our faith and responsibility," he added.

 Nasrallah addressed the Arab and Islamic governments, saying "Palestine and Gaza do not need your visit and love only, rather they are in need for your weapons, money and real support… Gaza deserves it because it is victory maker, whose victory has confirmed that Israel is weaker than  a spider web."

 He said " If Israel had been shaken and confused by few Fajr-5 missiles that rocked Tel Aviv in eight days, how would Israel  bear  thousands of rockets that will fall on Tel Aviv  if it attempted to attack Lebanon.

 Nasralla  renewed his support to people of Bahrain in their peaceful movement despite all the attacks, arrest campaigns and killing acts by the Bahraini authorities.

M.Daoud

Larijani: Deployment of Patriot Missiles in Turkey Aggravates Problems

 

 

 

TEHRAN,(ST)_ "The decision taken by NATO to deploy Patriot missiles in Turkey leaves  negative effects in the region and exacerbate problems, said Speaker of the Iranian Parliament  Ali Larijani on Sunday .

 In a statement at  Mehrabad Airport , following  a regional tour which included Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, Larijani added that he had  stressed to  the Turkish officials he met in  Ankara that the deployment of NATO Patriot missiles in Turkey have negative consequences for the entire region and  will aggravate its problems , noting  that he discussed with Turkish officials the crisis in Syria , ways to solving it and  bilateral relations between the two countries.

 Larijani added, "We had almost reached  common views over key  regional issues, including means of settling the events in Syria". 

 He called on security officials in  countries of  the region to convene  continuous and ongoing meetings  in order to solve the crisis in Syria.

 

T. Fateh

 

 

 

Workers Party (Turkey) Denounces Turkish Government’s Request to Deploy Patriot Missiles on Syrian – Turkish Borders

ANKARA, (ST)_ “The patriot missiles to be installed on Syrian - Turkish Borders aimed at achieving the “Grand Middle East” project concerning dividing the countries of the region, not to protect the security of Turkey as Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims” Osman Yilmaz, Workers’ Party (Turkey) Chairman said.

“The continuous crisis in Syria is due to the exportation of the terrorism to Syria by Erdogan’s Government” Yilmaz added in a statement to “ulusal bakis” website on Saturday.

“Erdogan and Gul are considered as a significant threat to the integrity of Turkey in addition to the security and stability of the region's countries, including Syria” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Workers’ Party (Turkey) Deputy Chairman Bullent Estinoglu praised the insistence of the Syrian people and their leadership to defend Syria as the western countries are paving the way for foreign intervention.

In an article published yesterday in “Akşam” newspaper, the journalist İsmail Küçükkaya affirmed that the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sparing no effort to coordinate and cooperate with Egypt under the patronage of the US so as to carry out the strategies determined by the “triangle” Saudi Arabia - Qatar and Turkey believing that he (Erdogan) will ensure his future throughout these relations.

Ibrahim Zaaboub

Nasrallah, Larijani review latest regional developments

BEIRUT, (S.T)_ Hezbollah's Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah received on Friday evening Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani and the accompanying delegation.

The consultation meeting's talks dealt with recent political developments in region, particularly in Syria, Lebanon and the occupied Palestine. According to statement of the Hezbollah's Press Relations.

Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Ghadanfar Roken Abadi attended the meeting.

Larijani'svisit to Beirut is pat of a regional tour. The first stop was Damascus where he held talks with President Bashar Al-Assad and Syrian officials.

B.Q