Egypt Steps Back from Brink

Following days of opposition protests against a decree in which President Mohamed Mursi assigned himself sweeping powers, he has climbed down - but he insists on holding a referendum on a controversial draft constitution.
  • Egypt:  Mursi Rescinds Controversial Decree

    Aswat Masriya, 9 December 2012

    Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi cancelled on Saturday night a decree he issued on November 22 which expanded his powers and shielded his decisions from judicial oversight. read more »


  • Egypt:  Mursi Backs Down - Partially, 9 December 2012

    President Mohamed Mursi has backed down in response to protests across Egypt and rescinded a November decree granting himself sweeping powers, but has refused to call off a ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Morsi's Declaration Cancelled, Referendum On 15th Dec. As Scheduled

    Egypt State Information Service, 9 December 2012

    President Mohamed Morsi revoked the controversial constitutional declaration he issued last month, but the constitution referendum will be held on 15 December as scheduled, Dr. ... read more »

  • Egypt:  ElBaradei - Constitution That Eliminates Rights, Freedoms, Will Fall

    Aswat Masriya, 9 December 2012

    Nobel Laureate and member of the National Salvation Front Mohamed ElBaradei said on Sunday morning that a constitution that eliminates the rights and freedoms of Egyptians will ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Egyptian Army Calls for Dialoque to End Crisis

    Egypt State Information Service, 8 December 2012

    The army's spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Ali said Saturday 08/12/2012 that holding dialogue is the best and only way to overcome the current political turmoil and achieve national ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Egypt Council Condemns Presence of Children in Scuffles

    Aswat Masriya, 9 December 2012

    Egypt's National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) urged families on Sunday to keep their children away from clashes and not expose them to the risk of injury or death. read more »

  • Egypt:  Elbaradei Urges National Powers to Reject Mursi's Plea for Dialogue

    Aswat Masriya, 7 December 2012

    Mohamed ElBaradei, founder of the Constitution Party, urged on Friday all national powers to reject President Mohamed Mursi's plea for national dialogue because "it lacks all ... read more »

  • Egypt:  Brotherhood Guide Denounces Claims of Ruling Egypt

    Aswat Masriya, 8 December 2012

    The Supreme Guide of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie urged on Saturday all political forces to maintain calm and prioritize the interest of the nation. read more »

  • Egypt:  New Mursi Decree, for the People - Egypt Presidency

    Aswat Masriya, 9 December 2012

    Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali praised a decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, considering it "biased to the will of the people - who have the authority and ... read more »

  • Egypt:  President Urged to Prevent Civil War in Egypt

    Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, 6 December 2012

    The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations express their grave concern regarding the recent developments that are rapidly pushing Egypt toward the brink of civil war, the ... read more »