Army warns it will not allow 'dark tunnel'
Crisis in Egypt
Cairo, Dec 8: The army in Egypt has called for dialogue to resolve a crisis over President Muhammad Morsi's new powers, warning it will intervene to stop Egypt going into "a dark tunnel".
In its first statement since protests erupted, it vowed to protect public institutions and innocent people.
It came as protests continued outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
The opposition has rejected his call for talks, unless he gives up powers and halts a constitutional referendum.
Critics say the draft was rushed through the constituent assembly - a body dominated by Islamists who support Morsi - without proper consultation and does not do enough to protect political and religious freedoms and the rights of women.
Vice-President Mahmud Mekki has indicated that Mr Morsi could delay the 15 December plebiscite if the opposition agreed not to challenge the move on those grounds later, AFP news agency reports.
Under Egyptian law, referendums must be held two weeks after being formally presented to the president.
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