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Egyptian president ready to delay referendum, says Justice Minister

English.news.cn   2012-12-08 03:38:31            
 • President Morsi is "ready" to postpone the constitutional referendum scheduled, a senior official said.
•  The Supreme Election Commission will delay the voting of Egyptians abroad on the draft constitution.
 • Morsi delivered a speech Thursday night after bloody clashes between his opponents and supporters.

 

A protester takes part in a rally against President Mohamed Morsi, his recent constitutional declaration and the intended constitutional referendum, in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 7, 2012. Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Miky said Friday that President Mohamed Morsi is 'ready' to postpone the constitutional referendum scheduled for Dec. 15, if the opposition accepts dialogue without prior conditions, Al-Ahram online reported. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
A protester takes part in a rally against President Mohamed Morsi, his recent constitutional declaration and the intended constitutional referendum, in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 7, 2012. Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Miky said Friday that President Mohamed Morsi is "ready" to postpone the constitutional referendum scheduled for Dec. 15, if the opposition accepts dialogue without prior conditions, Al-Ahram online reported. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

CAIRO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Miky said Friday that President Mohamed Morsi is "ready" to postpone the constitutional referendum scheduled for Dec. 15, if the opposition accepts dialogue without prior conditions, Al-Ahram online reported.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Election Commission decided Friday to delay the voting of Egyptians abroad on the draft constitution, from Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, upon the request of Egypt's Foreign Ministry.

On Friday evening, flocks of protesters arrived at the presidential palace in Cairo, and tens of them managed to break through the barbed wires placed by the presidential guards to block the way leading to the palace.

Earlier in the day, several hundreds opponents of Morsi gathered outside the presidential palace, demanding him to resign. Some shouted "Down with Muslim Brotherhood rule!" and "Open! Open! " while attempting in vain to break through the barbed wires into the palace.

Morsi delivered a speech Thursday night after bloody clashes between his opponents and supporters outside the presidential palace killed six and injured over 1,000.

He invited the opposition to sit down for dialogue on Saturday, but was rejected by them who wanted Morsi to freeze the controversial constitutional declaration before any negotiations.

On Nov. 22, Morsi issued a constitutional declaration which rules that all laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by the president since he came into office on June 30 are final and unchallengeable by anybody, which triggered a nationwide wave of protests and demonstrations.

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Thousands of Islamists rally in support of Egypt's Morsi

CAIRO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Islamists gathered Friday evening outside a famous mosque in Nasr City, Cairo, in support of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and in response to the ongoing anti-Morsi demonstrations outside the presidential palace, official news agency MENA reported.

The pro-Morsi protesters raised signs and chanted words in support of the president, repeating "Egypt will remain Islamic," or "Go Morsi." Full story

Egypt's President Morsi invites opposition for dialogue Saturday

CAIRO, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi delivered a long-waited speech on Thursday night denouncing recent bloody clashes outside the presidential palace and inviting all opposition forces to meet on Saturday for dialogue.

Morsi said in case the draft constitution is disapproved in the Dec. 15 referendum, he would call for the formation of a new constituent assembly. Full story


Editor: Tang Danlu
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