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Egypt Mass Protests Challenge Islamist President

8:56 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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CAIRO (AP) - Opponents of Egypt's Islamist president have made a show of strength in Cairo.

More than 200,000 people flocked to Tahrir (tah-HREER') square Tuesday evening to demand that President Mohammed Morsi revoke decrees he issued last week granting him near autocratic powers. The protest was comparable in size to the rallies during last year's uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

As the crowds swelled in the central square, clashes erupted nearby between young protesters throwing stones and police firing tear gas.

Morsi holds not only executive but also legislative authority and his edicts effectively neutralize the judiciary.

Protesters accuse Morsi of trying to make himself an all-powerful ruler like Mubarak, but a top adviser to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood says the president will not back down.

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