CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday that protects an assembly writing the country's new constitution from dissolution and gives it extra time to finish its work.
The new constitution is a fundamental component of Egypt's transition to democracy but its drafting has been plagued by disputes, mainly pitting Islamists against their secular-minded critics.
The decree read on state TV by the presidential spokesman stipulated that the assembly could not be dissolved by the judiciary or Shoura council, Egypt's upper house of parliament.
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