In a midnight news conference on Saturday, Egypt's prime minister said President Mohamed Morsi was offering concessions to opponents that he had previously dismissed. Morsi rescinded most of his Nov. 22 decree, which made his decisions immune from judicial review and drew the ire of tens of thousands of protesters. The president did not, however, give in to the demand that a constitutional referendum scheduled for Dec. 15 be postponed. Morsi did offer a convoluted arrangement for the opposing sides to negotiate constitutional amendments this week that would be added to the charter after the vote. The moves offered little hope of fully resolving the standoff, in part because opposition leaders had already ruled out any rushed attempt at a compromise in the few days left before the referendum.
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