Cairo: Reacting to the decree which provides Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi with dictatorial powers, protesters on Saturday attacked Muslim Brotherhood offices in several cities.
The powers that Mursi claims with the new mandate, puts him beyond the ambit of any authority.
Rampant rallies are underway but the President reassures his citizens of the rightful use of his new powers. Speaking to a crowd in Cairo, he made clear that he was the guardian of stability.
Mursi`s detractors dubbed him the `new pharaoh`, a day after he issued a declaration granting himself what many said were more powers than the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.
"I have always been, and still am, and will always be, God willing, with the pulse of the people, what the people want, with clear legitimacy," Mursi said.
There are reports that rival demonstration groups clashed in Alexendria.
Several pro President groups even gathered around the presidential palace holding his photographs. Mursi came out and said that Egypt has a great future.
Political forces including the Wafd Party, Tagammu Party, Constitution Party, Democratic Egyptian Party, Free Egyptians Party and Popular Trend Party, as well as the April 6 Youth Movement, the Revolutionary Youth Union, the Free Egyptian Movement, the No to Military Trials group and the Bring them for Trial campaign announced participation in the protest.
Earlier protesters marched from various cities converging in in Cairo`s iconic Tahrir Square chanting slogans such as "Down with the Supreme Guide," "Wake up Mursi, it`s your last day," and the popular "The people demand the fall of the regime." The protesters held banners denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood and its intervention in the state policy, as well as banners rejecting yesterday`s constitutional declaration.