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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Egypt's Morsi Calls for Calm in Face of Protests

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is appealing for calm in the face of protests on the anniversary of the 2011 revolution that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak.
In a lengthy televised address, Morsi admitted he's made mistakes and promised to give political opponents and minorities more say in governing. At the same time, he blamed his opponents for the lack of progress during his first year as president.
Morsi's holding a forum Thursday to discuss new constitutional amendments and a "national reconciliation." Opponents say he pushed the constitution through last year with strong Islamist support.
His critics say he's given too much power to Islamists, pushed through unpopular constitutional amendments and tried to grab more power.
Morsi's opponents are calling for massive protests
The military has protected his government, but now leaders are saying that if protests get out of hand, they may be forced to take control.

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