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Morsi friends join foes, pressure leader for unity

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

President Mohammed Morsi faced calls to unify and settle Egypt's ongoing unrest from a somewhat surprising source on Wednesday. Hardline Islamists normally loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader asked him to join with liberal opposition party members, the Associated Press reported.

Political protests have shaken Egypt and left more than 60 dead the past few days, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press also reports that the call for Mr. Morsi to bridge a peace deal — made by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — is widely viewed as open criticism of the leader's failure to quell violence. Mr. Morsi has attempted to stop protests by declaring a state of emergency at the country's hot spots of violence, and by calling for curfews — which have been largely ignored by residents, the Associated Press reports.

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