CAIRO (AP) — The area around Egypt's presidential palace has been calm throughout the day, although opponents of President Mohammed Morsi have defied a deadline set by the army to vacate the area.
Clashes between his supporters and opponents overnight killed at least six people.
Foes of the Islamist president are demanding that he rescind the decrees he issued that give him nearly absolute power, and that he withdraw a disputed draft constitution passed by his allies.
Although anti-Morsi protesters remain in place near the palace, his Muslim Brotherhood supporters withdrew from the area today.
The protests aren't the only problem facing Morsi. Another member of his 17-person advisory panel has resigned in protest of his handling of the crisis. That brings the total to seven resignations in the past two weeks.
181-s-18-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"very high here (chanting)"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie describes the scene from the midst of a demonstration in Cairo. (6 Dec 2012)
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180-s-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"President Mohammed Morsi"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie describes a demonstration in Egypt's capital city. (6 Dec 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Egyptian army armored vehicle deployed on street during anti-government protests, Cairo, Egypt, graphic element on gray (6 Dec 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: A supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, chants slogans, Cairo, Egypt, graphic element on gray (6 Dec 2012)
APPHOTO HAS133: Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mosri slogans outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Egyptian army has deployed tanks outside the presidential palace in Cairo following clashes between supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi that left several people dead and hundreds wounded. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (6 Dec 2012)
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APPHOTO CAI120: FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File) (13 Jul 2012)
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