The assembly writing Egypt's new constitution prepared to hold a vote on the draft document on Thursday, as protests against President Mohamed Morsi entered a seventh day. Morsi granted himself sweeping powers last week, in part to prevent the courts from dissolving the Islamist-dominated panel, which is being boycotted by Christians and liberals. Morsi has extended the deadline for the adoption of a constitution from December to February, but leaders of the assembly decided to rush to finish their draft after the constitutional court suggested that it would rule on Sunday on whether to dissolve the assembly. Opposition leaders said the approval of a constitution now would only deepen the political crisis that erupted when Morsi issued a decree last week barring the courts from challenging his actions.
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