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Egypt's opposition mulls Morsi's dialogue offer
 
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
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Egypt's opposition is meeting Friday to consider President Mohamed Morsi's call for a "national dialogue" on the country's deepening political crisis. Morsi made his offer on TV Thursday night after two days of violent clashes between his Islamist supporters and protesters left seven people dead and hundreds wounded. Morsi, speaking from the heavily guarded presidential palace, said he wanted to heal the rift over his Nov. 22 decree giving him sweeping, unchecked power, but vowed to press forward with a Dec. 15 referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution. Morsi blamed the violence on "infiltrators" inside the opposition paid to create trouble with "thuggery" and "terrorism." The harsh words triggered calls for more protests from some in the largely secular opposition. President Obama called Morsi Thursday night to express his "deep concern," and urge leaders on all sides to make it clear that "violence is unacceptable."

 

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