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President's backers, rivals clash in Egypt

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An Egyptian protester chants slogans while holding a cross and a Quran in Tahrir Square, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi staged rival rallies Friday after he assumed sweeping new powers, a clear show of the deepening polarisation plaguing the country. In a Thursday Nov 22, 2012 decree Morsi put himself above the judiciary and also exempted the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly writing Egypt's new constitution from judicial review. - AP Photo

CAIRO: Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi have set fire to offices of his Muslim Brotherhood in several Egyptian cities, clashing with his supporters after the Islamist leader assumed sweeping new powers.

State TV says Morsi’s opponents set fire to the offices in the Suez Canal cities of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia.

Clashes also erupted between the two sides in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the southern city of Assiut and in Giza, the sister city of the capital.

In Alexandria, Morsi opponents hurled stones at Brotherhood supporters outside a mosque and stormed a nearby office of the group.

The clashes came a day after Morsi announced sweeping new powers for himself, putting himself above judicial oversight.

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G.A.
Nov 23, 2012 02:18pm
If I recall correctly, this is what Nawaz Sharif tried to do when he attacked the courts and print media in his second term in office. Perhaps Egypt needs to take a leaf out of Pakistan's experience with democracy. Morsi needs to understand that the army is always lurking in the shadows. He is moving too fast. Might bring the army back in.