CAIRO, December 7 (RIA Novosti)
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- Egyptian President Leaves Palace Surrounded by Protestors
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said his constitutional declaration, which provoked a wave of protests in the country, will be annulled after the national referendum on the disputed draft constitution, slated for December 15.
“The constitutional declaration will be annulled no matter whether the draft constitution will be or will be not approved at the referendum,” Morsi said in an all-nation televised address.
His statement comes a day after violent clashes between his supporters and opponents near the Cairo palace that left at least six people dead and over 700 injured.
Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration last week, expanding his executive authority and putting him above the judiciary by declaring that the courts are from now on barred from challenging his decisions. Egypt's highest judicial power, the Supreme Judicial Council, earlier called Mursi’s move “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.”
The Egyptian president also called on the opposition to meet at his official palace in Cairo on Saturday for talks.
“I call on all leaders of political movements and parties to meet on Saturday for a dialogue,” Morsi said.
Among the problems to be discussed, he said, will be the issues of drawing up a roadmap for the country’s further development, the future of the upper house of the parliament and election laws.
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