After the International Monetary Fund delayed a vital loan to Egypt, the country's army chief called for national unity talks, as thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo Tuesday in Egypt's growing political crisis. Critics of President Mohamed Morsi say he declared sweeping powers for himself last month — which he rolled back this week — in order to push through a draft constitution written by his Islamist supporters. A referendum on the draft remains scheduled for Dec. 15 despite calls for it to be postponed. Armed forces chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says a meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, is necessary "for the love of Egypt to bring together partners of the country in the presence of the president of the republic." The Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's former party, says it will attend, while the main opposition said it will decide on Wednesday morning whether to participate.
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