Morsi to Discuss Controversial Decree with Senior Egyptian Judges
A handout photo released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking during his visit to an army battalion in Suez, Egypt, 15 October 2012. EPA/BGNES
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has scheduled a meeting with senior judges on Monday in an attempt to find a solution to a crisis over his controversial constitutional declaration.
Activists gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a third day Sunday, blocking traffic with homemade barricades to protest what they called Morsi's "power grab," Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera reported on Sunday, as cited by RIA Novosti.
Clashes between riot police and protesters were reported nearby. One member of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood was reported killed and 60 others injured on Sunday when the movement's headquarters in the Egyptian Nile Delta town of Damanhour were attacked.
The decree, issued last week, expands Morsi's executive powers and puts him above the judiciary, declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions.
In a statement released Saturday, Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council said Morsi's Thursday presidential-power decree was an "unprecedented assault" on the judiciary.
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