The largest Islamist political group in the Middle Eastern nation is calling on supporters of Egypt's president to gather at the presidential palace in Cairo.
Egypt's most powerful Islamist party called on President Mohammed Morsi's supporters to rally Wednesday outside the presidential palace to counter a mass outpouring of anger by his opponents, setting up a potential clash between the two sides.
About 300 opposition activists are staging a sit-in outside the Itihadiya palace a day after tens of thousands surrounded the complex to press demands that Morsi rescind decrees giving him nearly unrestricted powers and shelve a disputed draft constitution adopted by his allies without the participation of liberals and Christians.
The Brotherhood's political party called for the rally on its official Facebook page, saying it's a bid to underscore Morsi's legitimacy as an elected leader and show the opposition that it cannot use force to impose its will.
The dueling demonstrations are part of a political crisis that has left the country divided into two camps: Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood and their ultraconservative Islamist allies, versus an opposition made up of youth groups, liberal parties and large sectors of the public. Both sides have dug in their heels, signaling a protracted standoff.