November 23rd, 2012
07:48 PM ET

Egypt erupts in protest over Morsy power grab

In Egypt, mass protests erupted today in Cairo's Tahrir square chanting for regime change. President Mohamed Morsy granted himself sweeping new powers - giving himself absolute power for six months. Protesters say Morsy is acting like a dictator.

U.S. raises concerns about Egypt

OutFront tonight: Joshua Stacher, Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellow, who has spoken with Pres. Morsy more than half-dozen times and Khaled Elgindy, a Saban Center for Middle East Policy Fellow.

Egypt's Morsy gives himself new powers, orders retrials in protester deaths

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has issued an order preventing any court from overturning his decisions, essentially allowing him to run the country unchecked until a new constitution is drafted, his spokesman announced on state TV Thursday.

Morsy also ordered retrials and reinvestigations in the deaths of protesters during last year's uprising against strongman Hosni Mubarak. That could lead to the reprosecution of Mubarak, currently serving a life prison term, and several acquitted officials who served under him.

The order for retrials could please some Egyptians who've expressed disappointment that security officers and others have escaped legal consequences over last year's protester crackdown by the Mubarak regime.


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