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Morsi backs down in Egypt crisis after army ultimatum

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi backed down in a political crisis marked by weeks of street protests, after the powerful army gave an ultimatum to him and the opposition to hold talks. 

A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency shows President Mohamed Morsi (Top C) meeting Sunni Islam's top authority and the head of Cairo's Al-Azhar university, Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi (4th R) and other politicians. Morsi on Saturday annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a Cairo news conference.

But the initial signs were that his concession would not satisfy an increasingly fierce opposition.

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