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MURSI TO ADDRESS NATION

Egypt military orders demonstrators to evacuate

Cairo, December 6, 2012

Egypt's Republican Guard, which deployed around the presidential palace on Thursday, said demonstrators must evacuate the area by 3 pm. (1300 GMT), the presidency said in a statement.

Opponents of President Mohamed Mursi and his Islamist supporters clashed on Wednesday night and Thursday morning during rival demonstrations that were sparked by Mursi's decision last month to expand his powers.

A Reuters witness said some of the hundreds of Mursi's backers who had camped overnight around the palace perimeter had started leaving before the deadline.

Meanwhile, President Mohamed Mursi will give a speech to the nation on Thursday, the state-run Nile News TV said, quoting a presidential adviser. It gave no further details. – Reuters




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