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Egypt’s Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president unilaterally decreed greater authority for himself Thursday and effectively neutralized a judicial system that had emerged as a key opponent by declaring courts are barred from challenging his decisions.

Riding high on US and international praise for mediating a Gaza cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi put himself above oversight and gave protection to the Islamist-led assembly that is writing a new constitution from a looming threat of dissolution by court order.

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