Egypt Limits Presidential Terms

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In this image taken from Egypt State TV, newly-elect President Mohammed Morsi delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 24, 2012. Morsi has called for unity and said he carries "a message of peace" to the world. In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.

As protests continue to rage throughout Egypt in response to President Morsi’s power grab, the assembly tasked with drafting the country’s new Constitution has voted to cap presidential terms at two four-year stints—quite a change for a country ruled by Hosni Mubarak for 30 years. The Constitution still must be put to a public referendum. The announcement is unlikely to quell protests in the country: Egypt’s opposition groups reaffirmed Thursday that they will continue demonstrating against the president.