Egyptian civil disobedience could widen

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CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi faced the prospect of widening civil disobedience today as media and the tourism industry pondered measures to join a protest by judges against the Islamist leader.

The country’s judges have already gone on strike over Morsi’s Nov. 22 decrees that placed him above judicial oversight.

Following those decrees, a panel dominated by the president’s Islamist supporters rushed through a new draft constitution without participation of minority groups. Morsi then called a national referendum on Dec. 15 to approve the new constitution.

An opposition coalition dominated by the liberal and leftist groups that led last year’s uprising had already called for a general strike on Tuesday and a large demonstration against the constitutional process and Morsi’s decree.

Newspapers plan to suspend publication on Tuesday while privately owned TV networks will go dark all day.

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