Mursi to speak as Egypt's Islamists seek way out of crisis

The body drafting Egypt's new constitution will start voting on a final draft today. 

This, in a move which President Mohamed Mursi's allies in the Muslim Brotherhood hope will help end a crisis prompted by a decree expanding his powers. 

Mr Mursi is expected to call for national unity in a public address later today. 

He is seeking to ease the crisis, which has set off a week of protests and has threatened to derail early signs of economic recovery. 

Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in countrywide protests ignited by the decree Mursi issued last week. 

It has given him sweeping powers and has placed them beyond legal challenge, and this has deepened the divide between the newly empowered Islamists and their opponents.