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Egyptian PM: Morsy's edict could be moot in 12 days

December 3rd, 2012
06:05 PM ET
By the CNN Wire Staff

A controversial edict issued by Egypt's president - which spurred vigorous, sometimes violent protests by those calling it a dictatorial power grab - "will fall immediately" if voters approve a new constitution later this month, the country's prime minister said.

Echoing President Mohamed Morsy and other government officials, Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said the November 21 decree that made Morsy's past and future decisions immune to judicial oversight was issued "to protect the process of building the democratic institutions."

Regardless, Kandil told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that it should be a moot point after December 15, when Egyptians will approve or reject a new constitution in a nationwide referendum.

"We're talking about one hour (and) 12 days until this declaration drops," the prime minister said late Monday night. "So I don't think people should worry about the declaration. We should now worry about what is coming, which is the constitution."  FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Egypt

NATO set to send missiles to Turkey’s border

December 3rd, 2012
04:48 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed on Monday that the military alliance is expected to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey's border as a preventive measure against spillover from Syria’s civil war.

Rasmussen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he anticipates that foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday would make a decision the same day and expects them to “respond positively” to the Turkish requests.

Three locations along Turkey’s southeast border with Syria have already been identified as possible locations for the Patriot missiles, which would come from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, and would take just weeks to deploy according to Rasmussen.

U.S. officials tell CNN that they are increasingly concerned that Bashar al-Assad is preparing chemical weapons for use. FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Syria • Turkey