By Marianne Rafferty, FOX News - Bio
CAIRO, EGYPT -- A stunning decree from Egypt's highest court. Judges, rebelling against
President Mohammed Morsi, going on strike -- all because of the President's contentious draft constitution.
"For the judiciary to suspend its daily work is a very strong and clear message of how, shall we say, abhorrent, the practices of President Morsi and the Muslim Brothers who are now in power in Egypt," said Saad El Din Ibrahim, an activist and political analyst.
The decision coming on the same day the court was to rule on the legitimacy of a panel that created the draft constitution. Supporters of the Islamist President prevented the judges from entering the courthouse. The high court suspended work indefinitely to ensure its safety.
"This decision [to suspend work] is the right one because the judges cannot do their jobs properly under pressure," said Said Abaza, a lawyer.
Other members of Egypt's highest appeals court and its sister lower court suspended work indefinitely, just one week ago, to protest what they call Morsi's assault on the judiciary.
All the turmoil began last month when Morsi gave himself near-absolute powers and immunity from the courts in order to pass, what he believes is a democratic constitution.
But protest continue to grip the country with Morsi opponents labeling him as a Pharaoh who wants to return to Islamic Shariah law.
For now, the judges, who describe the day's events as the judiciary's blackest day on record, plan to remain on strike until Morsi rescinds his decrees.
President Morsi's opponents are planning to march on the Presidential palace on Tuesday.