Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Mr. Morsi, ... Take Down This Wall!
Thousands of demonstrators in the Egyptian capital Cairo have joined rival rallies as emotions run high ahead of a planned referendum. The opposition breached a barrier outside the presidential palace but there was no violence. Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who called the vote on Saturday to ratify a new constitution, has called on the army to maintain security. Egypt has asked the IMF to delay a loan because of political turmoil. Egypt requested the delay to the $4.8bn (£3.6bn) loan after President Morsi suspended a programme to increase taxes, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil told a news conference. The International Monetary Fund says it "stands ready to continue supporting Egypt during the ongoing transition and to consult with the authorities on the resumption of discussions regarding the [loan]".