Sunday, November 25, 2012

Clashes Continue Near Tahrir, Army Builds Wall in Egypt

Clashes continue near Tahrir, army builds wall

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Nov 2012

Egypt's military erected a new wall near Tahrir Square as clashes continue between police and protesters angry at President Morsi's Constitutional Declaration

A wall was built by the military in Qasr El-Aini Street early Sunday as clashes continue around Tahrir Square.

Hundreds of protesters continue to clash with security forces, particularly near the Omar Makram Mosque off Tahrir Square. Police continue to fire tear gas.

According to an Ahram Online reporter at the scene, there is a high security presence in the area. Some of the protesters are children wearing their school uniforms.

Hundreds of protesters remain in Tahrir Square to voice their condemnation of President Morsi'sConstitutional Declarationwhich gave him sweeping and unchallengeable powers.

Morsi considers new decree, temporary

Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:50PM GMT

Egyptian president has called for dialogue between all political parties to reach common grounds on a constitutional declaration that grants him sweeping powers, saying that the decree is “temporary.”

In a statement issued by Mohamed Morsi's office on Sunday, Egyptian president said, “The presidency stresses its firm commitment to engage all political forces in the inclusive democratic dialogue to reach a common ground and bridge the gap in order to reach a national consensus on the constitution.”

On November 22, Morsi issued a new declaration, under which no judicial body can dissolve Egypt’s Constituent Assembly that is currently writing a new constitution, allowing the president to take "any decision or measure to protect the revolution."

The announcement has sparked nationwide demonstrations by the opponents of the Egyptian president in protest at the power-extending decree.

Reports say more than 200 people have so far been injured in clashes between demonstrators and the police since Morsi's announcement three days ago.

On Saturday, Egypt’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, also issued a statement, saying that the new decree is "an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings."

Meanwhile, more than 20 Egyptian non-governmental organizations signed an open letter to denounce Morsi’s decree, calling for its immediate withdrawal. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, however, has asked for nationwide rallies to support president’s decision.

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