Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is leaning towards suspending the decree that granted him wide reaching powers or alternatively writing off two controversial clauses in order to pacify angry Egyptians, Sky News Arabia reported Wednesday.
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On Tuesday, the National Rescue Fund (NRF), a body consisting of various opposition groups, gave Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to withdraw the decree and the referendum.
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Egypt's opposition called for the establishment of a new constituent assembly tasked with drafting a constitution that will meet the needs of the Egyptian people. The NRF threatened to stage protests outside the presidential palace, where opposition protesters are already camped out, until the people's demands are met.
Egyptians protest against Morsi (Photo: Reuters)
A statement on behalf of the opposition also threatened to step up the campaign if Morsi fails to withdraw the decree by Friday. According to Sky News, the Egyptian president met with senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party to discuss ways of handling the crisis.
Egyptian security forces (Photo: Reuters)
In the coastal city of Alexandria, some 10,000 opponents of President Mohamed Morsi gathered in the center of the country's second largest metropolis. They chanted slogans against the Egyptian leader and his Muslim Brotherhood.
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