Mitchell Reports | December 07, 2012
>>> tens of thousands of protesters in cairo have broken through a military barricade on the main streets adjacent to the presidential palace . with the main opposition coalition rejecting an offer from egypt's president for dialog, the turmoil continues. ayman mohyeldin is in cairo . ayman , president obama also called or talked to president morsi yesterday and was calling for more dialog but morsi gave a speech he's really not backing down and the protests will continue. what is going to happen next is.
>> that's correct. well, in fact, let me start with breaking news that we're learning here at nbc, president morsi and the vice president have confirmed actually that egypt's election commission has delayed the vote for expatriate egyptians living abroad on the constitutional national referendum scheduled to start tomorrow for three days in countries all around the world at egyptian embassies around the world. we'll learned the government here has instructed the delay in that vote. why that's so important is because it is, perhaps, an indication what could come here in the coming days. one of the main demands of the protesters outside the presidential palace and tahrir square the president delay the vote on the constitution that was scheduled for december 15th . they've been arguing that the constitution does not represent all egyptians and, in fact, it was a constitution that favored isl islamists over secular forces. what we're learning is perhaps there could be a break-through in delaying that vote and meeting one of the demands. the president is expected to hold meetings on saturday with some of the opposition forces. not the main opposition forces, but several smaller parties and perhaps we'll be learning in the coming hours whether or not the demantsdss of the protesters, including rescinding a decree that gave the president nearly absolute powers and a vote on december 15th will be delayed. we expect that to be happening as you mentioned, though, tens of thousands of protesters have breached a military barricade outside the walls of the presidential palace , they have not entered the presidential grounds but it is an indication of how driven these protesters are, andrea.
>> thank you so much. ayman mohyeldin with the breaking news out of cairo .