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Morsi asks for more time to solve Egypt’s problems

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi pleaded Wednesday night with his countrymen to give him more time to solve his country’s many ills, arguing in what many believe was the most important speech of his political life that Egypt cannot change leaders every year. Morsi’s televised address, which lasted more than 2 { hours and did not end until after midnight, came on a day when building tensions were obvious ahead of the first anniversary Sunday of his inauguration. Motorists waited for hours to buy gasoline in lines that stretched for miles, tanks took up positions on Cairo street corners, and residents nationwide braced for what they fear will be prolonged civil unrest as Morsi…