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Dec 5, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters

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.

Dec 4, 2012

Egyptian protesters breach presidential palace cordon

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
showed.

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.

Dec 4, 2012

Egypt to push on with referendum despite opposition protests

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.

Nov 30, 2012

Islamists stamp mark on Egypt’s draft constitution

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.

Nov 30, 2012

Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

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.

Nov 30, 2012

Egypt constitution finalised as opposition cries foul

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – An Islamist-led assembly finalised
a new constitution early on Friday aimed at transforming Egypt
and paving the way for an end to a crisis that erupted when
President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers last
week.

Mursi said his decree halting court challenges to his
decisions, which provoked protests and violence from Egyptians
fearing a new dictator was emerging less than two years after
they ousted Hosni Mubarak, was “for an exceptional stage.”

Nov 30, 2012

Opposition cries foul as Egypt constitution finalised

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – An Islamist-led assembly was
expected to finalise a new constitution on Friday aimed at
transforming Egypt and paving the way for an end to a crisis
which erupted when President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping
new powers last week.

Mursi said his decree halting court challenges to his
decisions, which provoked protests and violence from Egyptians
fearing a new dictator was emerging less than two years after
they ousted Hosni Mubarak, was “for an exceptional stage”.

Nov 29, 2012

Opposition cries foul as Egypt constitution vote proceeds

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood
has begun pushing through a new constitution that will transform
Egypt, hoping it will end a crisis which erupted when the
Islamist president gave himself sweeping new powers last week.

Mursi said his decree halting court challenges to his
decisions, which provoked protests and violence from Egyptians
fearing the emergence of a new dictator less than two years
after they ousted Hosni Mubarak, was “for an exceptional stage”.

Nov 29, 2012

Egypt assembly seeks to wrap up constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) – The assembly writing Egypt’s constitution said it could wrap up a final draft later on Wednesday, a move the Muslim Brotherhood sees as a way out of a crisis over a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that protesters say gives him dictatorial powers.

But as Mursi’s opponents staged a sixth day of protests in Tahrir Square, critics said the Islamist-dominated assembly’s bid to finish the constitution quickly could make matters worse.

Nov 28, 2012

Egypt protests continue in crisis over Mursi powers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday to demand that President Mohamed Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers, and two of Egypt’s top courts stopped work in protest.

But in a move that one Muslim Brotherhood official said could help resolve the worst crisis of Mursi’s five-month presidency, the assembly drawing up a new constitution said it would complete work on a final draft on Wednesday.