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Egypt not to run constitution referendum in two stages: report

English.news.cn   2012-12-12 17:36:46            

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egypt will not run the referendum on the draft constitution scheduled for Dec. 15 in two rounds, pan- Arab Al Jazeera TV quoted Wednesday the head of the Higher Commission for Elections as saying, denying some earlier media claims.

The official remarks came after some private Egyptians newspapers reported earlier Wednesday that President Mohamed Morsi had issued a decree Tuesday night ruling that the constitutional referendum process inside Egypt would be in two separated stages -- the first on Dec. 15, and the second on Dec. 22.

Meanwhile, Egyptians expatriates started Wednesday morning casting their votes for the constitutional referendum in an electoral process set to end on Saturday.

Egyptian at home are to take part in the referendum on the controversial draft constitution on Saturday despite the opposition's call for a nationwide protest, urging to postpone the referendum until a consensus is reached. Morsi has reportedly given the army the power to arrest, and called on the civilians to help the police maintain the security for the referendum.

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Supporters, opponents of Morsi hold rallies in Egypt over upcoming referendum

CAIRO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Supporters and opponents of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi held rallies Tuesday across the country, reflecting a bitter division among the nation.

Thousands of Morsi's supporters, mainly members of Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Islamists, rallied outside Rabia al- Adawiya Mosque at Nasr City in Cairo, raising signs and chanting slogans in support of a recent constitutional declaration issued by Morsi and the upcoming constitutional referendum slated for Dec. 15. They dubbed their protests as "Yes for legitimacy."  Full story

Egyptians abroad start voting on constitutional referendum

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian expatriates started Wednesday morning casting their votes in the constitutional referendum, official news agency MENA reported.

About 589,000 Egyptians are expected to go to the Egyptian embassies and consulates overseas to cast their ballots in a voting process scheduled to end on Saturday.  Full story

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