Key events in Egypt's revolution and transition
Nov. 22 — In a surprise move, Morsi unilaterally decreed greater authorities for himself, giving the presidency, the panel writing the constitution and the upper house of parliament, both dominated by Islamists, immunity from judicial oversight. The move came just ahead of court decisions that could have dissolved the bodies.
Nov. 23 — Days of protests follow Morsi’s decrees, which were perceived as a power grab. Clashes between pro-and anti- Morsi supporters also erupted, and the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood were attacked in different governorates.
Nov. 24 — Judges push back against Morsi’s decrees, calling them an ‘‘unprecedented assault.’’ Many courts begin an open-ended strike.
Nov. 26 — Morsi meets with judges to tell them he doesn’t intend to infringe on their authority. He does not back down from his decree, however.
Nov. 27 — The opposition holds the largest rally to date against Islamists in Tahrir square. More than 200,000 people pack the square, chanting that Morsi should ‘‘leave.’’ Clashes between the president’s supporters and opponents break out in other governorates.
Nov. 30 — In a marathon session overnight, the Islamist-dominated panel writing the constitution rushes the draft through, seeking to preempt the court ruling that could dissolve the panel. The move renewed mass protests.
Dec. 01 — Despite the protests, Morsi sets the referendum date for the disputed charter for Dec. 15. Hundreds of Islamist protesters besiege the Supreme Constitutional Court, a day before it is set to rule on the legality of the panel that drafted the constitution.
Dec. 02 — The Islamist protest outside the Supreme Constitutional Court leads it to cancel its ruling on the legality of the constitutional panel and declare an open-ended strike, calling it the ‘‘blackest day’’ in the history of Egypt’s judiciary.
Dec. 04 — More than 100,000 protesters march on the presidential palace, demanding the cancellation of the referendum on the constitution and the rewriting of a new one.
Dec. 05 — Supporters of Morsi attack a sit-in outside the presidential palace in clashes that last through the night. At least nine die in the fighting.
Dec. 06 — Morsi refuses to call off the referendum, calling for a national dialogue in an address to the nation. The opposition rejects the call, saying it was not serious since Morsi refused to rescind any of his recent moves.
Dec. 08 — Morsi cancels the decrees that gave him immunity from judicial oversight but keeps the referendum on time. Opposition vows to continue protests.
Dec. 12 — Opposition calls on its supporters to vote no in the referendum. Pro- and anti- constitution demonstrations continue.