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Analysis: Egypt's Islamists tighten grip on power

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Egyptians read notes and massages in Arabic in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Egypt's political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country's Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary, as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed.

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An Egyptian man hangs a banner with the photo of President Mohammed Morsi in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Egypt's political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country's Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary, as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed. Partial translation of Arabic reads, "the president."

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With the passage of a divisive constitution, Egypt's Islamist leadership has secured its tightest grip on power since Hosni Mubarak's ouster nearly two years ago and laid the foundation for legislation to create a more religious state. The opposition's response -- a vow to keep fighting the charter and the program of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi -- ensured that the turmoil of the past two years will not end.
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    • Egyptians read notes and massages in Arabic in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Egypt’s political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country’s Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary, as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed.
    •  An Egyptian man hangs a banner with the photo of President Mohammed Morsi in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Egypt’s political crisis shows no signs of abating as the opposition to the country’s Islamist government levels new challenges against the legitimacy of a referendum on a draft constitution. Morsi also confronts criticism from the judiciary, as prosecutors hold a sit-in to demand removal of a new prosecutor general he appointed. Partial translation of Arabic reads, “the president.”
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