Morsi Calls for Dialogue, Keeps His Powers
He wants talks with opposition leaders on Saturday
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 4:07 PM CST
In this image made from video, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi delivers a televised statement in Cairo Thursday.   (AP Photo/Nile TV)

(Newser) – Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi went on state TV today and suggested talks with opposition leaders on Saturday, reports the BBC. Morsi also expressed sorrow over the deaths of protesters, but said he would not tolerate anyone trying to overthrow his "legitimate government." Nor did he rescind any of the extra powers he recently assumed, as opponents have demanded. Al-Jazeera sums it up as "a few half-measures and no meaningful concessions to an increasingly angry opposition."

It's not clear yet whether the speech will ease the protests, and news coverage seems to be of two minds on the tone:

  • Wall Street Journal: "Egypt's leader made a tentative concession to his opponents, inviting them to join a national dialogue on Saturday ..."
  • AP: "Morsi offered nothing concrete to defuse the country's worst political crisis in nearly two years in a nationally televised speech ..."

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Dec 7, 2012 10:16 AM CST
YEA, another country Obama helped bring Democracy too, isn't it? --- Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Mali, Iraq, and Afghanistan, etc, and Obama keeps on bringing his brand of Democracy where there was none. --- What price must the world pay, and how many innocents must die, because Obama leads America? --- The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence, all because of the ignorant Obama leadership, in helping to overthrow US friendly governments. -------- REALLY
Dec 6, 2012 11:25 PM CST
Obama is following in his footsteps!
Dec 6, 2012 8:05 PM CST
This guy is nuts...If he thinks the Egyptian people are going to rid themselves of one dictator to replace him with another????Something strange is going on....I feel like he's getting support from somewhere....