Mohamed Morsi was locked in crisis talks with Egypt's leading judges last night as he desperately tried to scramble out of a confrontation that is threatening to engulf his presidency.
Tens of thousands of protesters are due to stage a mass rally against Mr Morsi in Cairo's Tahrir Square today, as anger continues to grow over the president's power grab last week.
Tension was rising yesterday after the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Mr Morsi is a leading figure, called on its own supporters to protest in a separate part of the capital.
"We are facing an attempt to build a new dictatorship," wrote Wael Abdel Fattah in yesterday's 'Al-Tahrir' newspaper, reflecting the views of many Brotherhood opponents.
More than 400 people have been injured in violent protests which broke out after Mr Morsi's decree. It was confirmed that a young Brotherhood member, Islam Fathi Masoud (15), was killed in the northern town of Damanhour when protesters attacked the headquarters of the Brotherhood's political wing. (© Independent News Service)