EGYPTIANS WANT WOMEN AND CHRISTIANS INCLUDED IN CONSTITUTION
By NBC News staff and wire reports.
Updated at 7 p.m. ET: CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday invited political groups and legal figures to meet for a national dialogue on solutions to Egypt’s political crisis after clashes between his supporters and his foes left seven dead and hundreds wounded.
Morsi did not, however, rescind decrees granting him wide powers that his opponents had demanded, and his overtures on talks were immediately rejected by opposition leaders.
The main office of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood was set ablaze late Thursday, the group’s political party said, and another office used by the party was torched in a suburb south of the city, the state news agency reported.
In a nationally televised address to the nation, Morsi said he would bring together a number of groups at a Saturday meeting at the presidential palace.
“Such painful events happened because of political differences that should be resolved through dialogue,” the Islamist president said after two days of violence during protests.
The discussions would center on a political roadmap after a referendum on a new constitution, Reuters reported. Morsi said they would discuss the fate of the upper house of parliament after the lower house was dissolved in June, the election law and other issues. He said plans for the referendum on December 15 were on track.
WE SHOULD PUT ALL AID TO EGYPT ON HOLD
They fought for democracy.
They voted for the Muslim Brotherhood
Michele Bachmann Quote
“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009.
Bachmann refused to back down from her allegations that Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamic political party that recently took power in Egypt.
“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a speech on the Senate floor. Denouncing Bachmann, McCain said, “These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit and they need to stop. They need to stop now.”
Bachmann has become the focal point of a firestorm that began when she and four other members of the House of Representatives sent letters to five federal agencies demanding an investigation into an alleged conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamic groups to insinuate themselves into the U.S. government.
Bachmann was joined in her letter by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla.; and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.