Egypt’s Morsi refuses to rescind decree
n Monday night statement, presidency stresses its respect for judiciary, but asserts controversial decree will not be subject to change
Opposition groups, parties demand Morsi’s ‘immediate’ retreat on constitutional decree
Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali stated late on Monday that President Mohamed Morsi’s recent controversial decree would not be subject to modification, noting that the decree may have been “misunderstood” by the public.
The decree, issued by the presidency on Thursday night, was met with outrage by Egypt’s political opposition, who described it as an “attack on democracy” and a “threat to judicial independence.” Tens of thousands demonstrated against the move on Friday in Cairo and in other Egyptian governorates.