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Morsi sticks by disputed decree after meeting judges

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:02 AM
A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency on Nov 26, 2012, shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (top centre) meeting with Vice President Mahmud Mekki (centre left), Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki (centre right) and members of the High Council of Justice in Cairo. An Egyptian court will next week examine the legality of a decree by which Morsi granted himself sweeping powers, a move that triggered deadly unrest, an official said. -- PHOTO : AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi on Monday stuck by a controversial decree granting him sweeping powers, on the eve of planned nationwide rallies to protest the move, in the worst crisis since his election in June.

There is "no change to the constitutional declaration," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters, after a meeting between Dr Morsi and the country's top judges aimed at defusing the dispute.

During the meeting, the judges expressed concern about Thursday's constitutional declaration which allows Dr Morsi to issue any law or decision unchallenged by the courts, Mr Ali said.

But he added that Dr Morsi sought to clarify that any irrevocable decisions apply only to issues related "to his sovereign powers" and stressed the temporary nature of the decree.

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