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Egypt splits vote on divisive charter into two rounds: Electoral commission

Published on Dec 12, 2012 5:25 PM
Members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and other supporters of President Mohammed Morsi (portrait) shout slogans during a rally outside a mosque in Cairo on Dec 11, 2012, in support of a deeply disputed constitutional referendum proposed by the Islamist president. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's vote on a divisive draft charter will take place in two rounds, its electoral commission said, after the army urged President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents to meet Wednesday over the crisis.

Cairo's presidential palace and surrounding streets were calm after a mass demonstration calling for Mr Mursi's ouster, condemning the Muslim Brotherhood and opposing the draft constitution approved last month by an Islamist-dominated panel.

The charter has pitted Islamist allies of Mursi against secular-leaning foes in rival rallies that clashed last week, killing several people and wounding hundreds more.

The electoral commission decided to hold the vote in two separate, regional rounds on December 15 and 22, rather than one nationwide poll on Saturday, state television said.

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