President Mohamed Morsy stood by his decision Thursday to grant himself sweeping powers - including freedom from judicial review.
Is this new President starting to look a little too much like the dictator he replaced?
OutFront tonight: Amr Hamzawy, elected member of Egyptian Parliament and Ed Husain of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Morsy edict divides Egypt but unifies opponents, critics and observers say
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's decree last week giving him a host of new powers has divided society, but it has also unified opposition groups that fear any moves toward Islamic rule, critics and observers said Sunday.
Morsy assures his people that his moves are only temporary and intended to clear the political obstacles posed by remnants of the old regime. An order banning courts from overturning any decisions he has made or will make in the next six months, Morsy says, will last only until a new constitution is put together.
His critics, however, say Morsy has made himself into a dictator - and that dictators can't be trusted.