Morsi addresses the nation, says talking is the answer

Published December 26th, 2012 - 07:45 GMT
President Morsi addresses the nation on Egyptian state TV.
President Morsi addresses the nation on Egyptian state TV.

Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, said on Wednesday that he wants political parties to come together on a national dialogue to reduce tensions, following the passing of the country's new constitution.

In his first public address since the charter was voted in, Morsi promised to take steps to improve the financial crisis in Egypt.

"The coming days will witness, God willing, the launch of new projects ... and a package of incentives for investors to support the Egyptian market and the economy," he said in a televised speech.

The speech followed almost a month of violent protests and a number of resignations within government, which ended with the controversial new constitution receiving a majority vote.

The Egyptian president faced public condemnation when he gave himself extensive new powers last month, which effectively put him above the law. However, Morsi promised to relinquish the powers once a national charter was passed.

On the back of his decree, the country's judiciary looked set to outlaw the plans and 25 officials of the 100 total members of the constitutional council resigned.

However, Morsi continued to push through the new charter and despite Egyptians taking to the streets to protest in numbers not seen since the ousting of ex-president, Hosni Mubarak, the constitution passed on Saturday with 63.8% of the vote.

 


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