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.
Ebola in Lagos: Is the world losing the war?speak out
Read Story: Ebola in Lagos: Is the world losing the war?
- Woman strips naked to hug Mandela statue in S. Africa
- Obama roots for a better Africa
- Cameroon footballer Eto'o sued by ex-girlfriend over nude photos
- Kenya gets new Air Force commander
- British Airways to be sued over pilot abuse claims
- The girl who met Gaddafi 'in hell'
- Oliver Mtukudzi discloses HIV status
- Guinea concert stampede kills 24
- President Obama to launch leadership centre in Kenya
- Somali woman killed for not wearing veil, relatives say