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Egypt President Mursi cancels controversial decree

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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has annulled a controversial decree which granted himself sweeping powers, according to the AFP news agency.

A spokesman for the president said Mursi has called on the opposition to help suggest changes to the draft constitution which goes to a public vote on December 15.

Egyptian TV reported plans to change the referendum question, allowing Egyptians to decide on the current draft or create a new commission to write a new constitution.

The apparent decree u-turn comes after a deep political crisis that’s led to more than two weeks of protests, which have often turned violent.