UPDATE 1-Egypt's Mursi to address nation on Thursday - source

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

otherwise.

"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

remain anonymous.

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

said.

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