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.
CAIRO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Egyptian police fired tear gas at
protesters demonstrating against President Mohamed Mursi’s drive
to hold a snap referendum on a new constitution and some broke
through police lines around his palace, live television footage
Several thousand protesters had gathered nearby in what they
dubbed “last warning” protests against Mursi, who has angered
opponents with a Nov. 22 decree that expanded his powers. “The
people want the downfall of the regime,” chanted the protesters.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s opposition called for mass protests on Tuesday against the Islamist-led government’s drive to hold a snap referendum on a new constitution after sweeping aside judicial obstacles.
President Mohamed Mursi ignited a storm of protest when he temporarily assumed extraordinary powers on November 22 to prevent a judiciary still dominated by appointees of ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak from derailing a troubled political transition.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s hastily-adopted draft constitution has widened splits between Islamists and opponents alarmed by the contents of a document meant to enshrine a transition from autocracy in the most populous Arab nation.
The constitution, which will go to a referendum after President Mohamed Mursi approves it, defines the president’s powers and limits him to two terms, while adding flavors to the taste of the Islamists who dominated the drafting process.
CAIRO (Reuters) – 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.