Egypt's president offers nothing to defuse crisis

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — After a night of deadly violence between crowds of his supporters and opponents, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is inviting the opposition to what he calls a "comprehensive" dialogue starting Saturday at his presidential palace.

But he's offering no sign that he might make any meaningful concessions. He is refusing to rescind a draft constitution that was quickly approved by his allies, or the decrees that granted him nearly absolute powers.

Morsi's speech came a night after thousands of his supporters and foes fought in the streets near his palace, leaving at least six dead and nearly 700 injured.

He angrily accused some of the opposition protesters of serving remnants of the authoritarian regime of former president Hosni Mubarak.

As Morsi spoke, thousands of opposition protesters were still gathered near the palace -- and some raised their shoes in contempt.

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GRAPHICSBANK: A supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, chants slogans, Cairo, Egypt, graphic element on gray (6 Dec 2012)

APPHOTO HAS132: Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Morsi 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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