Arab Spring

In Meeting With Judges, Egypt's President Concedes Limits to New Powers

And, the check is in the mail


CAIRO—Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi tried to contain the fallout from his decision last week to expand his powers by meeting with the country's top judges Monday and issuing a statement that attempted to qualify the scope of his edict.

Yasser Ali, Mr. Morsi's spokesman, said the president asked that only his sovereign decisions be immune from judicial review. Mr. Ali also said that Mr. Morsi assured judges that his decree is "temporary" and limited only to "sovereignty-related issues."