Mitchell Reports | December 06, 2012
>>> tensions continue to escalate in egypt as the country's army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles after protesters ignored a presidential order to vacate the area. president morsi is scheduled to address the nation later today . nbc's jim maceda is live in cairo. jim , what is the latest on what i know is a fast-moving story?
>> reporter: hi there, chris. president morsi, as you say, was to broadcast a recorded statement on tv about 2 1/2 hours ago. that has not yet happened. he's expected to talk about and explain his moves over the past two weeks, starting with that controversial decree of november 22nd . recall that's the one that gave him the monopoly on power. he's expected, according to the experts here to offer the opposition a way out of the mess, which was floated yesterday by morsi's vice president. it's a compromise where both sides would work on amending those contentious, about 15 contentious articles of draft constitution, bud but they'd both agree on the specific december 15th day for the referendum. right out in both sides are very, very far apart. meanwhile, tense here but a lot calmer, chris, around the presidential palace tonight than it was yesterday at this time. the fighting has eased up, as you said, there is now republican soldiers, forces, guards, around that presidential palace and every other presidential and palace in this town. we're expecting things to stay calm tonight basically because the muslim brotherhood pulled out of the area earlier today. back to you.
>> thanks, jim .