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Egypt to hold constitution referendum on Dec 15

Published on Dec 2, 2012 5:59 AM
 
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called on Egyptians to vote on December 15 in a referendum on a controversial draft constitution at the heart of widening rifts between political forces. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has called on Egyptians to vote on Dec 15 in a referendum on a controversial draft constitution at the heart of widening rifts between political forces.

Dr Mursi called "all Egyptians to a referendum on the draft constitution on Saturday, Dec 15," after he received a copy of the final document from the head of the panel drafting the charter during a ceremony in Cairo on Saturday.

He urged "all citizens to examine in detail and objectively the articles of the draft" constitution.

He reiterated his call "to reopen a real dialogue over the concerns of the nation ... to end the transitional phase as quickly as possible and protect our newborn democracy." The constitution has taken centre stage in the country's worst political crisis since Dr Mursi's election in June, squaring Islamist forces against secular-leaning opponents.

 
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