Egyptian Coup Spurs Debate
In a first of its kind move, the head of the European parliament has asked the European Union to stop supporting Egypt following Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi’s decree to expand his power above the courts. Martin Schultz said the EU should not condone what he called a coup.
Just last week, Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers, and the Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly rushed through a draft charter based on Sharia law that critics say could leave women and ethnic minorities vulnerable. Protests have continued to rage over Morsi’s decision and despite international debate over the new draft constitution, the Obama administration has so far declined to criticize it.