Egypt's Morsi promises democracy as protests rage
CAIRO (AFP) - President Mohamed Morsi insisted on Friday that Egypt is on the path to "freedom and democracy" after granting himself sweeping powers, which sparked clashes between his supporters and foes and raised concerns abroad.
"Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for," he told a gathering of fellow Islamists outside the presidential palace.
Morsi opponents began a one-week sit-in in Tahrir Square - the symbolic heart of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year - and called for a mass protest on Tuesday.
Clashes erupted between police and protesters near the square, with demonstrators setting fire to a police truck, witnesses said.