Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has issued a new constitutional declaration, ruling that the previous one issued on Nov. 22 has been wholly cancelled, but the effects rooted in it will remain unchanged, state TV reported Sunday.
The Nov. 22 constitutional declaration has been entirely cancelled from now on, said Selim al-Awa, an Islamist politician, during a press conference with other political leaders, after a marathon dialogue on Saturday between Morsi and some national and political forces at the presidential palace in Cairo.
Morsi's new constitutional declaration came after an agreement was reached among those present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the new constitutional declaration rules that the upcoming draft constitution referendum will start as planned on Dec. 15, said al-Awa.
On Nov. 22, Morsi issued a constitutional declaration, expanding his powers and making all his decrees issued since he came into office final and above judicial appeal, which quickly triggered waves of protests nationwide and deadly clashes between his opponents and supporters.