Egypt's Mohamed Morsi reportedly amending decree, backing off sweeping power grab

Several media outlets are reporting that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has put together a committee to meet with opposition leaders and draft an amended decree that would dial back the sweeping powers he declared for himself Nov. 22.

Agence French-Presse says the amended decree could be finalized as early as Saturday night or Sunday morning. Morsi also has suggested delaying a referendum on the recently drafted constitution, which had been scheduled for Dec. 15. Morsi had claimed his power grab was meant to stabilize the country until a constitution could be ratified, but it resulted in a large and sometimes violent ongoing protest centered around Tahrir Square.

Opponents of Morsi marched in Washington, D.C., and other American cities today to show their support for the opposition in Egypt.

Morsi fled the presidential palace earlier this week, and protesters have reportedly attacked buildings where his family members live as well.

  • Steve Fox

    I thought he spoke to the Islamist-in-Chief today. I wonder what’s up? This does not sound like Obama to dial back on authoritarianism. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I smell a rat.

    • Michael Morris

      I think you’ve gotten the relationship between Morsi and Obama the wrong way around.

  • Bob Cordon

    Why does methink this “amended” power-grab won’t really be any diferent than the original? Just sayin’.

  • louisiana_mom

    So instead of going for the big one time power grab, he’ll go for smaller power grabs, while the MSM keeps the majority of the population looking the other way? Sounds like another administration we know…

  • Catchance

    A Prophecy Against Egypt: Isaiah 19:1-25

    “I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.- Isaiah 19:4