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Morsi opponents start sit-in in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Protesters pray as they gather at Tahrir square in Cairo November 23, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

CAIRO: Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi began a one-week sit-in protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to demand the Islamist leader retract a declaration that grants him broad powers.

"All revolutionary political forces have agreed to begin a sit-in starting Friday," the Popular Current led by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said in a statement, calling for a mass protest on Tuesday.

So far, 26 political movements and parties have agreed to take part in the sit-in, organisers told AFP.

On Thursday, Morsi assumed temporary sweeping powers, allowing him to issue laws and decrees that cannot be challenged by any court.

Supporters say the move will cut back a turbulent and seemingly endless transition to democracy, but outraged critics say he has now become a dictator.

 

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