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Egypt's Morsi Defends New Powers Amid Protests

  • Protesters rush a wounded comrade to a field hospital in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
  • Egyptian protesters opposed to President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
  • An Egyptian protester chants slogans and holds a cross and a Quran in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
  • Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans and carry an image of Morsi, during a protest praising a new decree he issued on Thursday, in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, November 23 , 2012.
  • Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans and wave his campaign posters outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
  • Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gather outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
  • Protesters storm an office of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party and set fires in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Nov. 23, 2012.
  • Protesters hurl stones during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt, November 23, 2012.
Egyptians Protest Presidential Decree
Edward Yeranian
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed a crowd of supporters in front of the presidential palace Friday, insisting that his top priority is to achieve the goals of Egypt's 2011 revolution. The speech came as thousands demonstrated across the country in the wake of a new presidential decree announced Thursday giving Morsi sweeping powers.   

Morsi's supporters waved flags and chanted slogans to support him after gathering in front of the presidential palace early Friday. The rally took place at the same time as a rival rally of Morsi opponents gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Speaking to the crowd in front of the presidential palace, Morsi insisted that he would “never take sides in favor of one party of Egyptians against another.” At the same time, he accused what he called “miscreants or thugs” of trying to destroy Egyptian state institutions.

He says that we can't allow corrupt individuals, under the umbrella of the former (Mubarak) regime, to use thugs to attack the institutions of state. This is not my personal wish, he insists, but the right of everyone.


Protesters storm an office of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party and set fires in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Nov. 23, 2012.
Protesters storm an office of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party and set fires in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Nov. 23, 2012.
President Morsi said his chief priority is to defend the goals of last year's popular revolution, accusing the courts of “issuing strange rulings” and trying to “manipulate the political situation.”

At Cairo's Tahrir Square, secular opponents of the president and his Muslim Brotherhood allies denounced his move to consolidate power and called for him to resign. Former presidential candidates Amr Moussa, Hamdeen Sabahi and Mohamed ElBaradei joined the march to reverse the controversial decision.

Egyptian publisher and human rights activist Hisham Kassem said many ordinary Egyptians were outraged by Morsi's announcement.

“People are furious all over......people who are normally not politicized, but see what is coming," said Kassem.

On Friday, anti-Morsi demonstrators ransacked and burned a Muslim Brotherhood political office in Egypt's coastal port city of Alexandria, after clashes with supporters of the president. Two other party headquarters were attacked in Suez and Mahalla al Kubra. Police also fired tear gas at young opponents of the president in Tahrir Square.

Kassem noted that some Egyptians are questioning the timing of Morsi's move to grant himself sweeping new powers, following his successful effort Wednesday to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas. He points out that some analysts think the president may have felt empowered by U.S. and Western praise over his role in that conflict.

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by: Isis from: Cairo, Egypt
November 23, 2012 12:47 PM
Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood live on lies. We also know that after the cease fire the USA gave Morsy the green light to do as he wishes as long he makes sure Egypt remains a primitive, poor uneducated country and as long he makes sure that we give away Sinai to Hamas. Morsy is a US puppet. Even if it means things will have to get violent we MUST GET RID OF THESE TERRORISTS CALLED MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND MORSY NOW.
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by: ali baba from: new york
November 23, 2012 9:31 PM
write to your senetor,write to state dept. write to budget commitee to stop giving money to mersy for abusing the power and take advantage of hamas/isreal conflict for his benefit . once American thank him for his role in that conflict and get oscar prize because he is good actor to play as peace maker. in the same day he abolish the law and let muslim brotherhood act as a bully and he think Us will be in his side for his role in hamas/isreal conflict..what a shame . does moresy know what is the meaning of indecency ?
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by: agthagola from: Kanas
November 23, 2012 4:54 PM
By taking sweeping powers himself he has proven that he is true Muslim and will never let power go until died. This is the worst ailment in Muslims if they get power they will no let it go, It start with third Caliph of Islam "Uman" and has been going on. More recent examples are Qadafi, Sadam and now Bashar ul Asad.

by: Buck Mast from: Tennessee
November 23, 2012 12:34 PM
No one can possibly be surprised at this

by: ali baba from: new york
November 23, 2012 10:51 AM
morsey said he did not sole control .this is a liar. moesy want to kill orther softely with his songs. he do it by step s.once the first step is done he go for the next step . all he want .islamic state,kill christan ,toture them ,put them in jail until they flee out of the contry and those who are left behind will live in fear
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by: agthagola from: Kanas
November 23, 2012 4:57 PM
Do not let this man grab all powers otherwise he will become another Saddam Hussain or Qaddafi.

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