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demand his downfall, has rescinded a Nov. 22 decree giving him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.
CAIRO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Republican Guard restored
order around the presidential palace on Thursday after fierce
clashes killed seven people, but passions ran high in a contest
over the country’s future.
President Mohamed Mursi had been due to address the nation,
but a presidential source said the Islamist leader, criticised
by his opponents for his silence in the last few days, might
speak on Friday instead. He did not explain the possible delay.
CAIRO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Islamists fought protesters outside
the Egyptian president’s palace on Wednesday, while inside the
building his deputy proposed a way to end a crisis over a draft
constitution that has split the most populous Arab nation.
Stones and petrol bombs flew between opposition protesters
and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Interior
Ministry said 32 people had been arrested and three police
CAIRO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Egypt’s vice president proposed
ideas on Wednesday to defuse unrest over a draft constitution
that has polarised the most populous Arab nation, with Islamists
fighting opposition protesters near the presidential palace.
Vice President Mahmoud Mekky said amendments to disputed
articles could be agreed with the opposition. A written
agreement could then be submitted to the next parliament, to be
elected after a referendum on the constitution on Dec. 15.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.
Officers fired teargas at up to 10,000 demonstrators angered by Mursi’s drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall.