Mursi agrees to talks as tensions mount

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As tensions between pro- and anti- supporters simmer outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi has agreed to attend national unity talks on Wednesday.

The armed forces chief and defence minister had called for the discussions, just days before a referendum on a new constitution that is tearing the country apart.

The influential Judge’s Club of Egypt decided by an overwhelming majority not to oversee the vote.

Judge Ahmed el Zindi said they would only consider returning to the courts and participating in the referendum if the authorities defused the current tension between factions.

The opposition anger comes from the belief that the Islamist president is trying to railroad a religious agenda into Egypt’s constitution.

The Muslim Brotherhood said they will go to the talks on Wednesday. The opposition National Salvation Front said they will decide whether or not to attend that morning.