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Dec 9, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi scraps decree, fails to appease opponents

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president scrapped a decree that gave him extra powers and ignited violent protests, but irate opponents said on Sunday he had deepened the conflict by pressing on with a vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists.

President Mohamed Mursi and his Islamist partisans have insisted the referendum should go ahead on December 15 to seal a democratic transition that began when a popular uprising felled Hosni Mubarak 22 months ago after three decades of one-man rule.

Dec 9, 2012

Egypt president scraps decree that sparked protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has cancelled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked deadly violence, but did not delay this month’s referendum on a new constitution as his opponents had demanded.

The announcement that Mursi had scrapped his November 22 decree followed hours of talks on Saturday at his presidential palace, billed as a “national dialogue” but which was boycotted by his main opponents and had little credibility among protesters.

Dec 7, 2012

Egyptian opposition to shun Mursi’s national dialogue

CAIRO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mohamed Mursi was
expected to press ahead on Saturday with talks on ways to end
Egypt’s worst crisis since he took office even though the
country’s main opposition leaders have vowed to stay away.

Cairo and other cities have been rocked by violent protests
since Nov. 22, when Mursi promulgated a decree awarding himself
sweeping powers that put him above the law.

Dec 7, 2012

Protesters surge around Egypt’s presidential palace

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Friday after breaking through barbed wire barricades and climbing onto army tanks guarding the premises.

“The people want the downfall of the regime” and “Leave, leave,” they chanted, using slogans used in the uprising that toppled Mursi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Dec 7, 2012

Foes of Egypt’s Islamist president spurn dialogue offer

CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Egyptian opposition leaders
rejected a national dialogue on Friday that had been proposed by
the Islamist president as a way out of a crisis that has
polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes in the streets.

Opponents of Mohamed Mursi, the first elected head of state
in Egypt’s history, staged more street protests in Cairo, while
his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood held emotional funerals
for six of the movement’s members killed in fighting around the
presidential palace earlier in the week.

Dec 7, 2012

Egypt struggle seen costing Mursi, even if he wins

CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – The crisis unleashed by President
Mohamed Mursi’s bid to wrap up Egypt’s transition on his own
terms has eroded his nation’s faith in their nascent democracy
and will complicate the already unenviable task of government.

His effort to drive through a constitution against the
wishes of major sections of society, including a Christian
minority, has damaged prospects for building consensus needed to
tackle challenges ahead, such as fixing a broken economy.

Dec 6, 2012

Tanks outside Egypt presidential palace, streets calmer

CAIRO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Egyptian army tanks deployed
outside the presidential palace on Thursday in streets where
supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Mursi had clashed
into the early hours of the morning in violence that killed five
people.

Armoured troop carriers also moved into the roads around the
palace, in what Egypt’s state news agency said was a measure to
secure the palace. The area had become a chaotic battleground
between Mursi’s Islamist backers and their opponents.

Dec 5, 2012

Rivals clash as Mursi’s deputy seeks end to Egypt crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamists battled with protesters outside Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s palace on Thursday, after his vice president suggested amendments could be agreed to the draft constitution that has divided the nation.

Fires burned in the streets near the palace perimeter where opponents and supporters of Mursi threw stones and petrol bombs. Riot police tried to separate the two sides, but failed to halt fighting that extended from Wednesday into the early morning.

Dec 1, 2012

Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader’s newly expanded powers.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” they chanted in Tahrir Square, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place less than two years ago and brought down Hosni Mubarak.

Nov 30, 2012

Mursi takes on judges in battle over Egypt’s future

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Islamist President Mohamed Mursi
is waging a high-stakes battle with Egypt’s judges, many of them
foes of his Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on purging a
judiciary seen as tainted by appointees of ousted leader Hosni
Mubarak.

Judges called strikes and top courts halted work in protest
at Mursi’s decree last week that extended his powers and put his
actions temporarily above legal challenge to try to speed up
democratic transition in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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