Egypt's army deployed tanks and armored troop carriers around the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday, after clashes between Islamist supporters and secular opponents of President Mohamed Morsi left at least five people dead and hundreds more wounded. Morsi's critics have accused him of making a dictatorial power grab to push through a new constitution written by his fellow Islamists. After days of protests, the Muslim Brotherhood and several ultraconservative religious groups called for a counter-protest on Wednesday, and angry mobs of Islamists came out to confront secular demonstrators camped out in front of Morsi's palace. Despite the violence — the worst since the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak last year — Morsi's government says it will go ahead with a referendum on the constitution on Dec. 15.
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