Furious Egyptians have set ablaze the headquarters of President Mohamed Morsi's party in three cities in protest to a constitutional declaration that gives the president unlimited powers. Offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, were torched on Friday in the canal cities of Suez, Ismailiya and Port Said, according to the Egyptian state television. The FJP office in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria was also stormed, leading to the outbreak of clashes between protesters and Morsi's supporters. Morsi issued a new declaration on Thursday, under which no judicial body can dissolve Egypt’s Constituent Assembly that is currently writing a new constitution.
The declaration allows the president to take "any decision or measure to protect the revolution." It also considers decisions and laws issued by the president as "final and not subject to appeal."The move drew calls for nationwide protests from opposition forces who branded the declaration as "a coup against legitimacy" and "a major blow on the revolution that could have dire consequences." Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace prize laureate and the former director general of International Atomic Energy Agency, said Morsi had “usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh." MRS/HMV/SS