Egyptian Opposition Rallies against Morsi's 'Pharaoh' Decree
Egypt's democratic opposition rallied on Friday to protest President Mohamed Morsi's new constitutional declaration, which gives him sweeping new powers.
The decree, issued on Thursday, expands Morsi's executive powers and puts him above the judiciary, declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions, RIA Novosti informs.
It also exempts the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly writing Egypt's new constitution from judicial review.
Thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square in a "million man march" organized by various opposition forces demanding that the declaration be annulled.
About a dozen people were injured in clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents. Protesters in Alexandria set the local headquarters of Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party on fire.
Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei has accused Morsi of usurping authority and becoming a "new pharaoh."
- » Macedonia's SDSM Poised to Get Govt Mandate after Deal with Albanians
- » Thousands Stage Pro-Govt Rally in Southern Romania
- » Germany Not To Allow Erdogan's Meeting for Referendum on Constitutional Amendments
- » European MPs To Call On EC To Reinstate Visa Regime for US Citizens
- » 136 Turkish Diplomats Request Asylum in Germany
- » BSP's Ninova Nominated for Vice President of Socialist International