ISLAMABAD Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi cancelled a state visit to Pakistan on Friday, government officials said, a day after granting himself extended powers, a move likely to widen divisions in his country.
No reason was immediately given for the cancellation of the visit or for Mursi's decision not to attend a summit of developing nations in Islamabad a day earlier.
Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, on Thursday triggered controversy in Egypt by issuing a decree that shielded from legal challenge any decisions he takes until a new parliament is elected.
The decree also exempt the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament and the assembly writing the country's new constitution from legal challenge.
(Reporting by Randy Fabi; Editing by Ron Popeski)
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