Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called for a dialogue with his opponents this weekend, but is not backing off from an earlier order granting himself sweeping powers. As Morsi was delivering his televised address to the nation on December 6, protesters gathered at Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanting, “leave! leave!” He warned those “fomenting violence” that they will not escape punishment. Overnight clashes left 5 people dead and 644 injured. The government has detained at least 80 protesters. The New York Times also reported that the director of Egypt’s state broadcasting and the vice president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party have resigned. Morsi’s November 22 edict makes his decisions immune from judicial scrutiny until a constitutional referendum is held.
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