Opposition Rejects Morsi Move

Egyptian president puts security in hands of the military

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2012 4:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Mohamed Morsi's decision to surrender the nearly dictatorial powers he'd granted himself wasn't enough to quell the fury on the streets of Cairo today, as crowds marched on the presidential palace, the New York Times reports. Morsi has responded by placing government institutions under military protection until after next weekend's controversial constitutional referendum.

That referendum is protesters' main beef. "We are against this process from start to finish," a spokesman for Egypt's main opposition group said today, calling for even more sweeping protests on Tuesday. Opponents say the proposed constitution is too heavily influenced by Islamists, and want the vote pushed back, Reuters reports. "Holding a referendum now in the absence of security reflects haste and an absence of a sense of responsibility … which risks pushing the country towards violent confrontation," the spokesman said.

Egyptian protesters push army soldiers standing guard in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 9, 2012.
Egyptian protesters push army soldiers standing guard in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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