Morsy campaign: President will have full powers

Freedom and Justice Party presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy’s campaign during a news conference Tuesday declared victory in the runoff election.

The campaign said the final results show that about 13.24 million votes went to Morsy, while 12.35 million went to his rival, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.


A supplement to the country’s Constitutional Declaration governing the interim period, announced by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Sunday, seems to take certain powers away from the next president.

Morsy campaign general coordinator Ahmed Abdel Ati said that “Egypt’s next president will meet the expectations of the people who elected him with full powers, and he will perform his duties without detraction.”


Abdel Ati said any decision issued with respect to the presidency would be reviewed and corrected.


“During his campaign, Dr. Mohamed Morsy clearly announced he will be a president with full authorities, and this is what he will proceed in accordance to,” Abdel Ati said.


He said the swearing in and movements of the president would be determined by the presidential institution and his team, which Morsy will work on forming.


“There is no doubt that during the coming days, and in accordance with the law, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will hand over power so we can move from the phase of transitional power to permanent power,” Abdel Ati said.

He said FJP is open to national reconciliation, and that “those who ruined the country for years are few, and they must stand before their natural judge. With that exception, we open our arms for all.”

Campaign media spokesperson Yasser Ali said the campaign is trying to avoid any clashes and that the people’s will must be respected.


“With respect to the People’s Assembly, in a previous incident a president resorted to a popular referendum, as no authority has the right to dissolve or intervene in the duties of another,” Ali said.


He said legal experts say no authority can dissolve another authority, noting that the matter must be resolved through dialogue rather than decisions.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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