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Morsi To Meet Senior Judges Over Political Crisis


Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi

A spokesman for Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi says the Islamist leader is "very optimistic" that the country will overcome its current political crisis.

Spokesman Yasser Ali spoke ahead of Morsi's meeting with senior judges on November 26 to try to resolve the crisis caused by the president's assumption of sweeping new powers.

The Supreme Judicial Council, Egypt's highest judicial authority, did not reject Morsi's move outright but said his new powers should be limited to "sovereign matters."

Morsi's decree on November 22 put his decisions beyond judicial oversight.

Morsi says his new powers are temporary and necessary to speed up the completion of democratic changes.

Protesters have taken to the streets, vowing to continue protests until Morsi rescinds the decree.

At least one person has been killed and dozens injured in street protests since November 22.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has withdrawn its call for a rally on November 27 "to avoid clashes" with rival demonstrators.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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