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Egypt's President Mursi appears in public to address violence over draft constitution

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Egypt's President Mursi appears in public to address violence over draft constitution

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President Mursi has taken to the stage for the first time since last night’s violent clashes between his supporters and rival demonstrators.

He must now address the situation, which was sparked by a decree on the 22nd November, effectively granting him sweeping powers. Egypt’s tensions have escalated ever since.

The streets of Cairo look quiet for the moment but the tense political standoff between supporters of President Mursi and his opponents still hangs heavy in the air.

After seven people reportedly died last night, the Republican Guard was charged with defending and clearing the area around the presidential palace.

They managed to restore order by dispersing the crowd but it was mainly pro-Mursi supporters that stuck to the 3pm deadline. Of those who stayed, most were his opponents.

At the heart of the issue lies the new draft constitution, which was rushed through by a predominantly Islamist assembly.

Controversially, it says that Islamic law should form the bedrock of Egyptian law – just as it did under former president Hosni Mubarak.

Mursi has his work cut out to appease them. Some have already vowed that the blood spilled so far will not be in vain.