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Egypt's Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters

• reuters.com, By Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
  Officers fired teargas at up to 10,000 demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. 

The crowds had gathered nearby in what organizers had dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the demonstrators chanted.

  "The president left the palace," a presidential source, who declined to be named, told Reuters. A security source at the presidency also said the president had departed. 

Mursi ignited a storm of unrest in his bid to prevent a judiciary still packed with appointees of ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak from derailing a troubled political transition.

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