Egyptian Islamists call for rival rally at palace

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Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square as protesters gather in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. A protest by tens of thousands of Egyptians outside the presidential palace in Cairo turned violent on Tuesday as tensions grew over Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's seizure of nearly unrestricted powers Thousands of protesters also gathered in Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square, miles away from the palace, to join several hundred who have been camping out there for nearly two weeks. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president's Muslim Brotherhood has called on supporters to rally outside the presidential palace for a rival demonstration countering opponents of the Islamist leader.

Wednesday's rallying call sets up a potential clash between the two sides. About 300 opposition supporters are staging a sit-in outside the Itihadiya palace a day after tens of thousands surrounded the complex.

The opposition is seeking to build on momentum to press demands that President Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving him nearly unrestricted powers and shelve a disputed draft constitution.

The call for the rally has been posted on the official Facebook page of the Brotherhood's party, saying it's a bid to underscore Morsi's legitimacy as an elected leader.

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