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Man of the moment Morsi to rule Egypt by decree

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Man of the moment Morsi to rule Egypt by decree

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally praised the leading role played by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

A day after his diplomatic triumph Morsi issued a decree, which will hand more yet more powers to the presidency.

In a televised address Morsi’s spokesperson said the president will rule by decree, which cannot be challenged, until a new parliament is installed.

He also granted more time for the assembly working on a new constitution to finish its work.

In another move Morsi sacked Egypt’s chief prosecutor in order to appease those demanding the re-trail of officials allegedly involved in violence against protesters during the Arab Spring.

Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mohammed acquitted a number of senior state officials, sparking fury.

Morsi tried to remove him in October, but failed after judges protested.

The decree opens the way for a raft of re-trials including that of former President Hosni Mubarak.