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Protests over draft of charter roil Cairo

Critics decry proposed powers

CAIRO — Egyptian riot police fired tear gas Tuesday night at tens of thousands of demonstrators who were converging on the presidential palace here to protest the country’s new draft constitution, which was rushed to completion last week by an assembly dominated by Islamists.

After firing one round of gas canisters, police quickly retreated inside the walls of the palace grounds, apparently to avoid further clashes.

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