Egyptian minister says end of crisis 'imminent'

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CAIRO — Egypt’s justice minister said today that a resolution was “imminent” to the political crisis over President Mohammed Morsi’s decision to grant himself sweeping new powers, a move that has touched off days of violent street protests.

Ahmed Mekki spoke to reporters shortly before Morsi was due to meet members of the Supreme Judiciary Council to discuss the decrees the Islamist president announced last week that put him above any kind of oversight, including that of the courts. The judiciary council is in charge of the courts.

Mekki has been mediating between the judiciary and the presidency to try to defuse the crisis. He did not comment on why he predicted its impending resolution.

The president has vigorously defended the new powers, saying they are necessary to implement reforms and protect Egypt’s transition to democracy.

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