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Mursi faces revolt by Egypt judges

Mursi faces revolt by Egypt judges
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As protests continue on the streets of Cairo, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi faces a rebellion from the country’s judges over his decision to widen his own powers.

Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, the former Prosecutor-General who was fired last week told a club of Egyptian judges that he will challenge the threat to the independence of the judiciary.

He also warned that he believes he will be jailed unlawfully by the president.

“I’m sure, I am certain that sooner or later I will end up in prison and it will be an injustice based on false evidence. I’m telling you, I will end up in prison,” said Mahmoud.

In Egypt’s second city Alexandria, judges have even threatened to go on strike over Mursi’s new powers.

On Thursday, he signed a decree stating that no authority, including the judiciary, can revoke any presidential decision.

It will stay in force until a new parliament is elected.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, protesters set up tents on Saturday as some spoke of a sustained street campaign against Egypt’s first freely elected president, just like the one that toppled Hosni Mubarak.