Egypt crisis: President Morsi annuls powers decree
9 December 2012 Last updated at 00:11 GMT
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month that hugely expanded his powers and sparked angry protests, according to officials.
However, a news conference in Cairo was told that a referendum on a draft constitution would still go ahead as planned on 15 December.
Mr Morsi's critics have accused him of acting like a dictator, but he says he is safeguarding the revolution.
The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from Cairo.