Egypt’s official news agency says that the country’s highest body of judges has called the president’s recent decrees an “unprecedented assault on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.”
In a statement carried on MENA on Saturday, the Supreme Judicial Council says they regret the declarations President Mohamed Morsy issued on Thursday.
The council is packed with judges appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak. It regulates judicial promotions and is chaired by the head of the Court of Cassation.
The judges released their statement following an emergency meeting on Saturday, a day after tens of thousands of Egyptians demonstrated to denounce Mr. Morsy’s decision.
The edicts give him near-absolute power and immunity from appeals in courts for any decisions or laws he declares until a new Constitution and parliament is in place.