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Egypt to run constitution referendum in two stages

English.news.cn   2012-12-12 21:22:02            

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued Wednesday a republican decree on running the constitution referendum in two stages, official news agency MENA reported.

The decree stated that the referendum will be run in two stages. The first one will be on Dec. 15, covering the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahlya, Gharbeya, Sharqeya, Assiut, Souhag, Aswan, Southern Sinai and Northern Sinai, while the second stage will be on Dec. 22, covering the other governorates.

Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, announced Wednesday that they will take part in the constitution referendum but will say "No" to the draft constitution, despite their long calls for postponing the referendum.

Morsi has reportedly given the army the power to arrest and called on civilians to help the police maintain security for the referendum.

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CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, announced Wednesday that they will take part in the constitution referendum scheduled for Dec. 15 but will say "No" to the draft constitution, a member of the front Amr Moussa told Xinhua.

"We will take part in the referendum and say no," Moussa said, calling all the Egyptian people to say "No" to the draft. Full story

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

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