New rumblings of discontent in Egypt

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 4:33 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Dissent is stirring again in Egypt where the recently elected Islamist president has decreed almost absolute power to himself.

Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) warns of increasing turmoil that could potentially lead to the military stepping in. He calls Egypt's president the "new Pharoh."

Critics accuse the Muslim Brotherhood — which has dominated elections the past year — and other Islamists of monopolizing power and doing little to bring real reform.

Opposition groups and government supporters have called for competing rallies on Tuesday, raising the specter of violent clashes reminiscent of the unrest that eventually toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

The judiciary, which was the main target of President Mohammed Morsi's edicts, is already pushing back. The country's highest body of judges called his decrees an "unprecedented assault." Morsi accuses Mubarak loyalists of seeking to thwart the revolution's goals.

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