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Egyptians protest Islamist-backed Constitution

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egypt’s opposition National Salvation Front is holding demonstrations Tuesday to protest a controversial two-stage constitutional referendum. Opponents of the draft document argue that it tramples civil liberties and ultimately will give Islamists control of the judiciary. Opposition protesters gathered outside half a dozen Cairo mosques Tuesday afternoon, staging multiple marches toward the presidential palace and Tahrir Square. The marchers decried Saturday’s first-stage constitutional referendum, which opposition leaders and many jurists claim was tainted by fraud. Probe promised At the same time, the justice ministry announced in a press conference that it...

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President Morsi by European External Action Service - EEAS / Creative Commons

Egypt judges condemn Morsi’s new powers

The Supreme Judicial Council, Egypt’s highest judicial authority, has criticized President Mohamed Morsi’s move to grant himself sweeping new powers that would protect his decisions from being challenged as an “unprecedented attack”. In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the council urged Morsi “to distance this decree from everything that violates the judicial authority”. Morsi has also given himself sweeping powers that allowed him to sack the unpopular prosecutor general and opened the door for a retrial for Hosni Mubarak, the deposed Egyptian president, and his aides. At a Judges’ Club press conference on Saturday, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, the...

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Muslims & Christians celebrate in Tahrir Sqaure

By 8:30pm Tahrir square was packed. The flag-bearers were back. The neon pink standard of the candy-floss man could be spotted again, bobbing over people’s heads in the crowd. The men with their fireworks had also returned. People were handing out stickers calling for the release of detained blogger Maikel Nabil and were carrying posters ofshaheed (martyrs) commemorating the dead. Groups huddled together to keep warm. On the stage the poet Abdel Rahman Youssef was speaking beautifully about the continued fight for freedom. Had this been a few weeks ago, we would have been facing bullets and tear gas. But last night, for the first time in months, it was a celebration. “I wanted to be here,...

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