Arab Spring

Political Strife Spreads in Egypt

Marches, strikes in the works


Egypt's political crisis is widening, with plans for a huge march and a general strike to protest the hurried drafting of a new constitution and decrees by President Mohammed Morsi that gave him nearly unrestricted powers.

Morsi also faces the prospect of wider civil disobedience as media, the tourism industry and law professors pondered moves that would build on a strike by the nation's judges.

The planned strikes and march raise new fears of unrest, threatening to derail the country's transition to democratic rule.