Morsi Calls for Dialogue on Saturday, Says Referendum Will Be Held on Time

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi announced on Thursday that the referendum on the constitutional decree will not be cancelled or postponed, calling on all parties and political figures in the country to join him in a dialogue session on Saturday at the presidential palace.

“The upcoming referendum will decide the constitutional amendment’s fate,” Morsi said in a speech he gave, adding that he will not insist on keeping this decree if an accord is reached with parties that oppose it.

Morsi said that a great effort was put to reach an accepted formula of the amendment, explaining that it was discussed with Egyptian political leaders, the church and with others “who care about the best of Egypt”.

“I introduced this constitutional amendment because of factors that were and still are threatening to the country’s stability,” he explained.

“We welcome freedom of expression but we will not tolerate troublemakers,” Morsi stated, adding that he will legally penalize “the intruders hired and planted between peaceful protestors to create chaos”.

“Some of those who were arrested have connections with political forces and were paid in return of their activities,” Morsi revealed, commenting that the former regime and “all its figures were brought down and will not return to Egypt”.

“We will not allow anyone to sabotage public properties and topple the legitimate authority,” he stated.

Morsi’s speech comes after Egyptians have taken their protests against the Islamist President to the gates of his palace, demanding his ouster in scenes not witnessed even during demonstrations that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The protesters are angry over Morsi's decree which granted him sweeping powers and enabled him to call a December 15 referendum on a draft constitution boycotted by liberals, leftists and Christians.

The decision to go to a referendum on December 15 caused further upheaval, including within the judiciary itself.

On Monday, the Supreme Judicial Council said it would ensure judicial supervision of the referendum, despite calls for a boycott by some colleagues, including the influential Judges Club that represents judges nationwide.

On Tuesday, the head of the Judges Club, Ahmed al-Zind, stuck by his group's decision to boycott the vote and said judges who supervise the referendum "would never be forgiven".

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Comments 8
Thumb LEBhasNOhope 07 December 2012, 00:30

Governments should fear their people and not the other way around. Slowly but surely we are moving in the right direction.

Thumb min-canada 07 December 2012, 02:27

I agree. This is a good sign of a health change. He should listen and respect the people and he should sit down with the opposition and find a solution that works for all. This is democracy.

Default-user-icon accountability (Guest) 07 December 2012, 16:48

democracy and sharia law will mix perfectly...badly...just like water and oil, which will not ever; this means that religions and democracy will not work either...good luck, though. Next time there is a local soccer match in port saiid, try not to kill more than 85 people...

Thumb min-canada 07 December 2012, 02:28

One more thing: Mistakes are ok in a new democracy. Insistence on keeping the mistakes because of pride is not ok.

Missing helicopter 07 December 2012, 04:20

He sounds like Hezb ...... garners all powers to himself (legislative, executive, judiciary) then calls for dialogue on his terms.

Thumb LebDino 07 December 2012, 07:39

He sounds like an Iranian-style ruler. He is totally fooling his people & although he was elected by democratic means, he knows nothing about democracy.

What a shame. Egypt deserves better. I hope his stupid referendum doesn't pass. And he didn't even say what will happen if it doesn't pass!

Default-user-icon no to morsi! (Guest) 07 December 2012, 09:11

sorry mr morsi but u have already proven that you only have your own agenda in mind and dialogue with you serves no purpose but a show.

Missing samiam 07 December 2012, 21:00

The people that call for dialogue are usually the ones who are trying to justify or rationalize their positions or otherwise using it for PR. Morsi just became Mubarak 2.0--different sides of the same coin.