Posted at: 12/08/2012 8:58 PM
By: Scott Theisen
Members of an Egyptian presidential national dialogue committee have recommended that a referendum on a disputed constitution be held on schedule but that the president rescinds some powers he had given himself.
The statement came after a meeting Saturday that was boycotted by the main opposition leaders who had protested the referendum. It did not suggest that President Mohammed Morsi meet demands for the Dec. 15 vote to be canceled.
Opposition protesters are holding a sit-in outside the presidential palace and are calling for more protests on Sunday.
An Islamist at the meeting says the committee found it would be a violation of earlier decisions to change the date of the referendum.
However, the committee recommended removing articles that granted Morsi powers to declare emergency laws and shield him from judicial oversight. Panel members say Morsi had approved the recommendations.
The decision is unlikely to appease the opposition since it recommends the referendum go ahead as scheduled. Morsi's initial declaration was to be rendered ineffective anyway after the constitution is approved.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)