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Egypt's judge club to supervise constitution referendum with conditions

English.news.cn   2012-12-10 20:12:49            
 • Egypt's Judges Club announced Monday that they would supervise the constitutional referendum.
 • Egypt is to run a referendum on the controversial constitution Saturday.
 • Some opposition forces expressed complete rejection of the draft constitution and the referendum.


CAIRO, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Judge Club of the State Council announced Monday that they would supervise the constitutional referendum scheduled for Dec. 15 with some conditions, the state-run Nile TV reported.

"The voters need us to supervise the referendum, and if we don' t fulfill our duty, we will let them down," Hamdy Yassin, head of the club, said at a press conference.

"We preferred forgetting about the controversy over the constitution and following the public opinion that will show through the polling boxes," he added.

Meanwhile, the club stipulated some conditions, including securing the polling committees well, forbidding the propaganda out of the polling stations, securing the headquarters of the Higher Committee for Elections, and ending the sit-in outside the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Some Islamists have been conducting a sit-in outside the Supreme Constitutional Court since Dec. 2 to prevent the judges from entering the court, fearing of any verdicts issued to dissolve the current Shura Council or the Constituent Assembly that wrote the draft constitution.

Egypt is to run the referendum on the controversial draft constitution Saturday despite the opposition's call for a nationwide protest, urging postponing the referendum until a consensus is reached.

Some opposition forces, mainly the National Salvation Front led by former diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei and ex-Arab League Chief Amr Moussa, expressed complete rejection of the draft constitution and the referendum, calling for massive protests Tuesday against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

In response, Morsi gave the army the power of arresting the civilians, calling them to help the police maintain the security for the referendum.

The decision came in the presidential decree No. 701, which was published in the official newspaper Sunday and put into action Monday.

"The military police shall help the police protect the state institutions until the results of the constitution referendum are announced," the decree said.



Egypt's main opposition bloc rejects constitutional referendum

CAIRO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's main opposition bloc, dubbed "National Salvation Front," announced Sunday evening rejection of the constitutional referendum slated for Dec. 15, urging all its supporters to say "No" to the draft constitution.

After a lengthy meeting at al-Wafd Party's headquarters, the opposition bloc said in a statement the draft constitution is meant to serve the interests of one Egyptian faction, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood. Full story

News Analysis: Morsi's new constitution decalaraion conciliates judiciary, lets opposition down: experts

CAIRO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's new constitutional declaration issued Saturday by President Mohamed Morsi to annul the previous one is believed by experts as an attempt to appeal to the judiciary authorities, but passed over the political opposition.  Full story

Editor: Yang Lina
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