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Egypt's opposition consider Mursi's backtrack

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Egypt's opposition consider Mursi's backtrack


The main opposition coalition in Egypt is drawing up its response to President Mohamed Mursi’s partial u-turn on power.

The National Salvation Front had refused to take part in talks when Mursi overturned the decree that made him practically untouchable by the courts.

Protesters though are still angry that he is pushing ahead with a controversial referendum on the constitution.

One of them outside the presidential palace in Cairo said: “We are sitting-in here to remove the regime. We wanted an amendment to the constitution a week ago before the violence. Now it is different.”

Another added: “He only changed his mind on his declaration after there were deaths. So how are the dead going to have justice? We’re not moving from here until he goes.”

Seven people have been killed in the latest violence around the presidential palace. Mursi’s decree giving himself virtually total power sparked the worst crisis since he was elected in June. His opponents are already making noises that its retraction will not be enough.

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