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.
- Protesters reject Morsi’s call for dialogue (todayonline.com)
- Egypt’s Morsi Promises Dialogue, Keeps Extra Powers (voanews.com)
- Egypt crisis turns violent as Morsi supporters, foes clash (dawn.com)
- Morsi supporters clash with protesters outside presidential palace in Cairo (guardian.co.uk)
- Mohamed Morsi supporters and opponents clash in Cairo (guardian.co.uk)
- Egyptian Protesters Clash With Sticks And Stones (npr.org)
- Tanks deployed in Egypt’s capital (bbc.co.uk)
- Egypt army to clear protesters after deadly clashes (dailynewsegypt.com)
- Morsi: ‘I won’t tolerate anyone working to overthrow a legitimate government’ (rt.com)
- 7 die in clashes as Morsi’s power grab splits Egypt (worldnews.nbcnews.com)