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Egyptian Opposition Rejects Dialog with Morsi

RIA Novosti

18:37 07/12/2012

CAIRO, December 7 (RIA Novosti) – Egypt's National Salvation Front, a coalition of the country's largest liberal-democratic parties and movements, has officially rejected talks proposed by President Mohamed Morsi, local media reported on Friday.

Morsi addressed Egyptians on Thursday urging a national dialog between all political forces, but the opposition said the president had not offered enough concessions.

Instead, Morsi's opponents said they would take to the capital's streets to protest the president's recently expanded powers, Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya reported.

Two other opposition groups said they would also boycott the talks, British broadcaster BBC reported, citing state media.

Morsi's November 22 constitutional declaration expanded his executive authority by barring the courts from challenging his decisions. Egypt's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, earlier called Morsi's move "an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings."

Opposition groups have been rallying against the constitutional declaration and Morsi's decision to hold a nationwide referendum on the new Constitution on December 15, which they described as too hasty.

Earlier this week, violent clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents left five people dead and hundreds injured.

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