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Egypt opposition refuses dialogue with Morsi


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An Egyptian opponent of President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans during a march to the Presidential palace on Dec 6, 2012 in Cairo. - AFP Photo
An Egyptian opponent of President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans during a march to the Presidential palace on Dec 6, 2012 in Cairo. - AFP Photo

CAIRO: Egypt's opposition coalition rejected on Friday a dialogue proposed by President Mohamed Morsi to defuse bloody protests over sweeping powers he assumed to speed through a new constitution.

The National Salvation Front said it had decided “to refuse to take part in a dialogue proposed by the president for tomorrow, Saturday.”

The coalition said Morsi, in a speech late Thursday, “went against the repeated appeals to him to offer consensus solutions to lift Egypt out of its current disastrous situation.”

In the televised speech, Morsi defiantly defended his decree placing his decisions beyond judicial review last month, and said he would push on with a Dec 15 referendum to change Egypt's constitution along lines drafted by a mostly Islamist panel.

Morsi also offered to hold talks with the opposition on Saturday, but showed little inclination to compromise.

The changes have sparked massive protests in Cairo which this week turned bloody, with seven people killed and more than 600 injured in clashes between supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and demonstrators from the mostly secular, liberal opposition.

The National Salvation Front said “the president has totally ignored that it was his supporters who started to attack peaceful demonstrators in front of the (presidential) palace.”

It accused Morsi of “dividing Egyptians between his 'supporters of legitimacy' and his opponents, whom he calls 'thugs'.”

The statement said that Morsi, “in this way, confirms that he is not acting as a president for all Egyptians, but as president for a single political faction.”

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Isadora Dec 08, 2012 01:39am
You go Egypt! I am filled with admiration watching as Egyptians stand up for their freedom. This is the real war. A battle between fundamentalism and moderation has been unfought for too long by others - those of us who got caught up in this war have been waiting for moderation to take hold, stand up and fight back for a long, long time. If anyone wants to see what repression can do, just get your hands on a documentary called Kimjongilia. This is a flower that grows in North Korea and is named after the late dictator, Kim Jong IL. Any country, including the U.S., could be repressed to the same degree that North Korea is. Just choose the wrong people for your government, for the wrong reasons, and see what happens. I will pray for Egypt as they make their feelings known now that the real war has begun. I know the U.S. supported an Egyptian dictator who helped It keep peace in the area, and I know there is much anger over that. But right now, I'm just too happy to see Egypt fighting against fundamentalist repression to go into that. Besides, it's a horse of a different color - isn't it?