Morsi: Passing constitution, ending transition essential
The way out of Egypt's political crisis is to enact a full constitution as soon as possible, President Mohammed Morsi said in a lengthy interview broadcast Thursday evening on state television, dpa reported.
"The most important thing in this period is that we complete the constitution, so that we have a permanent constitution and neither the president nor anyone else will have to take any exceptional steps any more," he said.
Morsi insisted that his recent constitutional decrees were strictly temporary and said only his decisions on "matters of state" would be immune from appeal to the courts, saying that he had to act because the stability of the country was under threat.
"Anyone who imagines ... that he can prolong this period so as to attempt a comeback of one sort or another, or who tries to exploit particular circumstances in order to shake any component of the nation, I will never permit him," Morsi declared.