Morsi to address Egyptians amid ongoing decree crisis

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Nov 2012

As protests ensue and political crisis deepens over the controversial 22 November constitutional decree, President Mohamed Morsi is set to address Egyptians today

President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

President Mohamed Morsi is set to give a televised speech Thursday in which he will address a number of important issues including the controversial constitutional declaration he issued last Thursday, a presidential source told Reuters.  

Morsi is also set to comment on protests that have erupted in opposition to the declaration. Since the declaration, tens of thousands have taken to the streets to oppose the declaration.

Violent clashes nationwide have ensued between pro and anti-Morsi supporters, resulting in the death of two and the injury of at least 400. Islam Fathi, a 15-year-old boy from the Nile Delta city of Damanhour who the Muslim Brotherhood have confirmed was a member of their group, and Fathy Ghareeb, a Socialist Popular Alliance Party member who died as a result of suffocation from tear gas, are the two confirmed casualties.

Opposition groups and activists, many of whom have been holding a sit-in in Tahrir Square, have called on Morsi to cancel the decree that makes his decisions immune to judicial review.

Million man marches are expected to take place Friday by opposition forces and Saturday by the Muslim Brotherhood and El-Nour Party in Tahrir Square.

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