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Cairo: Protesters have been thrown into confusion by Morsi's move

The West can’t direct the Arab Spring, but we can support it

You can't expect mature politics to be practised in countries like Egypt where political parties have been banned for 50 years

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Cairo: Egyptians await the result of a ballot on a draft constitution

Egyptians appear to back charter but Opposition alleges vote fraud

Egypt's main opposition bloc on Sunday alleged widespread fraud and called for mass protests after preliminary results showed supporters of a controversial draft constitution winning a solid majority in the first round of balloting.

Egyptians vote on divisive Islamist-backed constitution

With their nation's future at stake, Egyptians lined up today to vote on a draft constitution after weeks of turmoil that have left them deeply divided between Islamist supporters of the charter and those who fear it will usher in religious rule.

Hamdeen Sabbahy (C), former independent Nasserist candidate in Egypt's presidential elections, gives a speech in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir square on November 30, 2012, as demonstrators stage a sit-in protest against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself broad powers that shield his decisions from judicial review.

Opponents of Egypt's Morsi-backed charter urge 'no' vote instead of boycott

Egypt's fractious opposition urged its supporters Wednesday to vote "no" on a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution but left open the possibility of boycotting Saturday's vote altogether if several conditions were not met.

Cairo: Protesters have been thrown into confusion by Morsi's move

Confusion pervades Egypt's opposition after Morsi rescinds decree

Confusion and disarray pervaded the ranks of Egypt's opposition on Sunday night, a day after President Mohammed Morsi made a gesture toward compromise by rescinding the controversial decree that had granted him near-absolute power and plunged the country into political crisis.

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Egypt's Morsi rescinds decree

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi early Sunday annulled most of an extraordinary decree that gave him near-absolute power and has plunged this nation into a deeply divisive political crisis.

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