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Egyptians React Angrily To Morsi’s New Powers

The assumption of sweeping executive powers by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has provoked massive protests and has further split Egyptian society, Mohannad Sabry reports from Cairo.
Thousands of protesters carried banners emblazoned with photos of the January 2011 uprising victims and protested President Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration granting him sweeping powers. Friday Nov. 23.

CAIRO — In reaction to President Mohammed Morsi's stunning constitutional declaration on Thursday night, Nov. 22, thousands of angry demonstrators marched to Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square in protest of what they described as “a coup on legitimacy.” Thousands were led by Muslim Brotherhood officers to show support at the walls of the presidential palace.

Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali announced on Thursday night that President Morsi had passed a constitutional declaration granting full immunity to the disputed 100-member assembly charged with writing the constitution as well as the remaining Upper House of Egypt’s dissolved parliament, in addition to retiring the general prosecutor and ordering the retrial of Mubarak-era officials, including those acquitted through several trials held in the aftermath of the January 2011 uprising.

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