CAIRO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief will host
national unity talks on Wednesday, seeking to end a growing
political and economic crisis in the Arab world’s most populous
The meeting scheduled for 1430 GMT was called in response to
a wave of protests since President Mohamed Mursi awarded himself
sweeping powers on Nov. 22 to push through a new constitution
shaped by his Islamist allies, which is due to go to a
referendum on Saturday.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief called for talks on national unity to end the country’s mounting political crisis after a vital loan from the IMF was delayed and thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets.
The meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was called in response to an increasingly destabilising series of protests that has unfolded since President Mohamed Mursi awarded himself sweeping powers on November 22 to push through a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies in a referendum on Saturday.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Nine people were hurt when gunmen fired at protesters camping in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, according to witnesses and Egyptian media, as opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi’s plans for a referendum on a new constitution geared up for a day of street demonstrations.
Police cars surrounded the square, the first time they had appeared in the area since November 23, shortly after a decree by the Islamist president awarding himself sweeping temporary powers that touched off widespread protests.
CAIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Nine people were hurt when unknown
attackers fired at protesters camping at Tahrir Square in
central Cairo on Tuesday, according to witnesses and Egyptian
media, as opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi’s
plans to vote on a new constitution geared up for a day of
Police cars surrounded the square, the first time they had
appeared in the area since Nov. 23, shortly after a decree by
the Islamist president giving himself sweeping temporary powers
touched off widespread protests.
CAIRO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist president has
given the army temporary power to arrest civilians to help
secure a constitutional referendum seen by the Muslim
Brotherhood as a triumph for democracy and by its liberal foes
as a religious straitjacket.
President Mohamed Mursi, bruised by the political uproar in
which protesters have besieged his graffiti-besmirched palace to
demand his downfall, has rescinded a Nov. 22 decree giving him
wide powers, but has not budged on the referendum date.
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.
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.
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.
CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Egyptian opposition leaders
rejected a national dialogue on Friday that the Islamist
president had proposed as a way out of a crisis that has
polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes on the streets.
Opponents of Mohamed Mursi, the first elected head of state
in Egypt’s history, staged more protests in Cairo and other
cities, 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.
CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Demonstrators rejected a call from
Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi for a national dialogue
after deadly clashes around his palace, demanding the “downfall
of the regime” – the chant that brought down Hosni Mubarak.
Mursi said in a televised speech late on Thursday that plans
were on track for a referendum on a new constitution on Dec. 15
despite clashes that killed seven people. He proposed a meeting
on Saturday with political leaders, “revolutionary youth” and
legal figures to discuss the way forward after that.