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Egypt erupts over fear of edicts

President asks for trust after taking absolute authority

CAIRO — Protests erupted across Egypt on Friday, as opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed with his supporters on a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority and polarized a divided nation while raising a specter, the president’s critics charged, of a return to autocracy.

In an echo of the uprising 22 months ago, thousands of protesters chanted for the downfall of Morsi’s government in Cairo, while others ransacked the offices of the president’s former party in Suez, Alexandria, and other cities.

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