Egypt: Morsi annuls controversial presidential decree

Mohammed Morsi, elected president in detention

Dec. 8, 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a controversial decree that gave him sweeping powers and placed him beyond judicial oversight.

“The constitutional decree is annulled from this moment,” former presidential candidate Mohamed Selim El-Awa told a press conference in Cairo late on Saturday night.

A referendum on a draft constitution will still go ahead as planned on December 15, he added. Read more..