Egypt Islamists rally for President Morsy By BBC | Saturday, December 1 2012 at 11:57
Islamist backers of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsy are holding mass rallies to support his sweeping new powers and the drafting of a constitution.
The demonstrations in Cairo come after days of rival protests by supporters and opponents of the president.
His opponents are angry that the draft constitution was hastily passed by an Islamist-dominated assembly on Friday.
The assembly acted before Egypt's top court could meet to rule on whether the body of MPs should be dissolved.
Senior judges have been in a stand-off with the president since he granted himself sweeping new powers last week.
Thousands of supporters of Mr Morsy, carrying flags and portraits of the president, gathered outside Cairo university on Saturday.
"The people support the president's decision!" they chanted, while a banner read: "The people want the implementation of God's law."
Riot police stood by, with roadblocks erected to contain crowds.
Your advice to Namibia's third president Hage Geingobspeak out
Read Story: Your advice to Namibia's third president Hage Geingob
- Pygmies demand end to discrimination in Congo
- The statue of an imperialist dividing a South African university
- The girl who met Gaddafi 'in hell'
- Kenya's super rich billionaire's club
- Symbolic Buhari win in Aso Rock polling unit
- Ugandan singer Chameleon’s brother AK47 dies
- Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election
- Obasanjo dumps Nigeria's ruling party
- President Kenyatta suspends four cabinet secretaries over graft
- Oliver Mtukudzi discloses HIV status