Egypt's army has deployed tanks and armoured troop carriers outside the presidential palace in Cairo
9:32AM EST December.6.2012 – Cairo — The Egyptian army has begun to clear demonstrators and media organisations from outside the presidential palace in Cairo following violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured.
Most protesters left the area by the deadline, though some opposition activists remained. The streets of the capital are now reported to be calm following the earlier violence.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s top Islamic body has called on the president to suspend his decree claiming sweeping powers.
The president adopted new powers in the decree on 22 November, and stripped the judiciary of any power to challenge his decisions.
Mr Morsi, who narrowly won Egypt’s first free presidential election in June, says he will give up his new powers once a new constitution is ratified.