CAIRO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi
will address the nation on Thursday on a decree he issued last
week and the street protests that erupted afterwards, a
presidential source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Protesters have said Mursi's decree gives him dictatorial
powers but the source explained Mursi would seek to clarify
"The president will address the nation on state TV on
Thursday evening and will speak about the constitutional decree
and why it was issued as well as the events that ensued
afterwards," said the source.
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood with knowledge of how the
decree came about told Reuters that Mursi, his vice president
Mahmoud Mekki, and two other independent legal experts started
working on the decree in October after he failed to remove the
then prosecutor general Abdel Maguid Mahmoud.
Mursi's move triggered an outcry from judges who said he had
exceeded his powers and large protests by Egyptians who accused
him of attempting to take on the powers of a dictator.
"The president and his vice president began in October to
work privately in the evenings after work with two legal experts
to draft the decree that would allow him to remove the public
prosecutor, among other matters," said the source who chose to
He said that Mursi chose to keep his advisors in the dark to
avoid any leaking of the decree to the media or the judiciary.
The Muslim Brotherhood was not also aware of the decree, he