Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, has his plate full with a rapidly worsening economy, stinging media criticism and the fallout from the worst political crisis since Mubarak’s ouster, first over decrees that gave him almost unrestricted powers and then by a constitution hurriedly adopted by his Islamist allies and ratified in a nationwide referendum last month.
Since coming to office six months ago, Morsi has had to deal with a slide in the nation’s currency against the U.S. dollar, shrinking foreign reserves and a tourism sector in a deep slump. Politically, Egypt is deeply divided by the bitter rivalry between his camp of Islamists and an opposition led by liberals and secularists.
Clashes between the two sides left at least 10 people dead and hundreds wounded last month.
Morsi was given a thinly veiled reprimand Sunday by the president of the European Union, Herman van Rompuy, who told a news conference in Cairo that only ‘‘consensus building, inclusiveness and dialogue among all parties’’ could ensure Egypt’s successful transition to a ‘‘deep and sustainable democracy.’’