Egyptian opposition unites to challenge Morsi

The political divide in Egypt has widened, as secular and liberal opposition forces raised the pressure on President Mohammed Morsi.

They want Mr Morsi to rescind an edict that consolidates his power and sidelines the judiciary.

But the President's supporters are preparing for rallies to preserve what the Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamic party, called "legitimacy and stability." 

Top judges described the decree as "an unprecedented assault" on judicial independence and called on judges to strike nationwide. 

Many courthouses in Cairo and other parts of the country were closed on a working day yesterday because of the strike.

Mr. Morsi is scheduled to meet with senior judges later today to explain the scope of his decisions.