CAIRO Nov 28 The Muslim Brotherhood and
hardline Salafi parties will hold protests across Egypt on
Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is facing a
wave of unrest over a decree that expanded his powers.
Mahmoud Ghozlan, the Brotherhood spokesman, told Reuters:
"We have called for pro-Mursi nationwide protests. The exact
locations of the protests are currently being discussed."
Salah Abdel Maboud, a leading member of the Salafi Nour
Party, confirmed Islamists would stage protests on Saturday. He
said the location could be Tahrir Square, where Mursi's
opponents have been camped out for seven consecutive days.
But Nader Bakkar, the Nour Party's spokesman, told Reuters
both the Nour Party and its founder the Salafi Call would steer
clear of Tahrir Square.
"We do not want to enter into conflict with anyone," Bakkar
The Brotherhood, Egypt's most organised and popular Islamist
group, had previously cancelled its call for a big pro-Mursi
rally last Tuesday because of fears of violence between the
president's supporters and opponents, who had also called for
mass demonstrations on the same day.
Five months into the Islamist leader's term, in scenes
recalling the uprising that unseated his predecessor Hosni
Mubarak last year, police fired tear gas at stone-throwers after
protests by tens of thousands on Tuesday against the declaration
that put Mursi's decisions beyond legal challenge.
Anti-Mursi protesters say they will stay in Tahrir Square
until the decree is withdrawn, bringing fresh turmoil to a
nation at the heart of the Arab Spring and delivering a new blow
to an economy already on the ropes.
Egypt's cassation and appeals courts said on Wednesday they
would suspend their work until the constitutional court rules on
the decree, which has further damaged Mursi's already testy
relationship with Egypt's judges.