Morsi calls power extension 'temporary' as Egyptians swarm streets in protest

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has stressed the “temporary nature” of a controversial decree issued Thursday extending his powers beyond oversight by any body. In an official statement, Morsi said he wants to begin dialogue with political forces.

"This declaration is deemed necessary in order to hold accountable those responsible for the corruption, as well as other crimes, during the previous regime and the transitional period," the statement said.

Just hours before the statement was announced, police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Cairo, in the third consecutive day of anti-Morsi demonstrations.

Officers stormed a sit-in on Tahrir Square as demonstrators gathered to join with dozens of activists that had spent the night in tents to protest the Egyptian president.
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