Cairo, 24 Muharram 1434/7 December 2012 (MINA/Egypt Independent) – President of Egypt Muhamed Morsy called for meeting with opposition leaders on Saturday (8/12) but they refused it.

     “I will never allow murder, sabotage or coups against legitimacy,” President Mohamed Morsi declared late Thursday evening as he addressed the nation on state TV after of bloody clashes between his backers and opponents near the the presidential palace which left at least five people ead, according to Egypt Independent report.

     In the aftermath of the incident, The president invited political players and legal experts to the presidential palace for a comprehensive meeting on Saturday to hash out a solution to the current crisis.

     In his speech, Morsy promised he would uncover the instigators and financiers behind this recent bout of violence, which had erupted over political disagreements that “could have been resolved through dialogue.” He alleged that, “sadly,” it had been discovered that several of those arrested during the clashes had ties to political groups.

     After Jum’at prayer, opposition protester have taken to the streets near  presidential palace.  Dangerous circumstances that pose “massive danger to stability” had prompted him to issue the controversial constitutional declaration that granted him sweeping powers, Morsi continued, claiming the decree allowed the constitution to be finished and put up to a popular referendum.

     By placing the president’s decisions above judicial oversight, the declaration was not intended to deny the authority of the judiciary or deprive citizens of their right to pursue justice through the legal system, Morsy stated — rather, it was intended to protect “sovereign” decisions related to the state and national security.

     However, Morsi pointed out he understood the controversy surrounding Article 6 of the decree, which states that “The president is authorized to take any measures he sees fit in order to preserve and safeguard the revolution, national unity or national security.”(R-010/R-007/R-002)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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