Egypt top judges override referendum boycott
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's top judges said on Monday they would ensure judicial oversight of a referendum on a draft constitution, paving the way for the Dec 15 vote to proceed despite calls for a boycott by some of their colleagues.
The decision by the Supreme Judicial Council marks a boost for President Mohamed Mursi after he was plunged into his worst crisis since he took power in June when he issued a decree broadening his powers.
On the street, however, agitation is growing, with another protest rally called by the opposition on Tuesday.
The new charter, which was rushed through by an Islamist-dominated panel after the Nov 22 decree expanding presidential powers, has become the focal point of a political and ideological battle in Egypt between Islamists who support Morsi and the largely-secular opposition.