Egyptian courts suspend work to protest Morsi move

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CAIRO — Egypt’s highest appeal courts suspended their work today to protest presidential decrees that gave the country’s Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi nearly absolute powers, state television reported, deepening the turmoil roiling the country since the decrees were announced last week.

A widening dispute between the president and the nation’s judiciary is at the center of the uproar over a constitutional declaration placing Morsi above all oversight, including by the courts.

Judges with the high and lower courts of appeal decided that they will not return to work until Morsi rescinds his decrees, according to state TV.

In another show of defiance, the Supreme Constitutional Court, the nation’s highest, rejected charges made by Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood that it is working to bring down his government.

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