Arab Spring

Egyptian Opposition Calls for Unity Government

No thanks, says the president

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CAIRO — A prominent Egyptian opposition leader called on President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday to hold a national dialogue, a day after the nation's top general warned that the state itself was in danger of collapse because of violence verging on anarchy in three Suez Canal cities.

On Tuesday, thousands of residents poured into the streets of the three cities, protesting a 9 p.m. curfew with another night of chants against Mr. Morsi and assaults on the police.

With Mr. Morsi himself in Berlin on Wednesday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and potential investors, Mohamed ElBaradei, the former United Nations diplomat and coordinator of the secular opposition, said on Twitter, "Stopping the violence is the priority."