Egypt dialogue members recommended new decree by president

CAIRO Sat Dec 8, 2012 11:49pm GMT

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CAIRO Dec 9 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi cancelled a decree which had sparked huge protests by giving him sweeping powers.

Politicians and others who took part in a national dialogue convened by Mursi said they recommended that the Islamist leader issue a new decree to replace one that sparked protests.

But the group said a referendum on the new constitution planned for Dec. 15 could not be delayed, the dialogue spokesman, Mohamed Selim al-Awa, told a news conference after the meeting that was boycotted by the main opposition coalition.

He said Egypt's president wanted the opposition to suggest changes to a new constitution.