Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi invited political groups, judges and others to meet on Saturday for a national dialogue on a political road map after a referendum on a new constitution, which he signalled would go ahead as scheduled on December 15.
Morsi's November 22 decree and subsequent call for the referendum on the new constitution has infuriated opposition groups and led to lethal street violence between Morsi's supporters and opponents.
As well as drawing up a road map, he said they would discuss the fate of the upper house of parliament after the lower house was dissolved in June, the election law and other issues. He said plans for the referendum on December 15 were on track.
While defending his decision to issue the November 22 decree, Mursi said the provision that protected his decisions from judicial oversight did not "prevent the judiciary from exercising its role or citizens from appealing against decisions and laws."
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