Opposition groups in Egypt have called for mass protests on Friday against President Mohammed Morsi’s decree that gives him sweeping powers.
They have described his move as a “coup against legitimacy” and accused the president of appointing himself Egypt’s “new pharaoh”.
The decree states that the president’s decisions cannot be revoked by any authority, including the judiciary.
His supporters say the move is designed to protect Egypt’s revolution.
On Thursday, thousands celebrated the decree in front of the Egyptian High Court in Cairo.
But leading opposition figures later denounced it.
“This is a coup against legitimacy,” said Sameh Ashour, head of the lawyers syndicate, in a joint news conference with Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa.
“We are calling on all Egyptians to protest in all of Egypt’s squares on Friday.”
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