Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.(AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan)
Crisis in Egypt
Islamists backing a new constitution for Egypt claimed victory Dec. 16 in
the first leg of a referendum, but the opposition alleged polling
violations and called for nationwide protests ahead of next week's elections.