Egyptian Opposition Formally Rejects the December 15th Constitutional Referendum

by Colonel on December 9, 2012

“The Egyptian opposition has rejected a constitutional referendum set for December 15, saying it would fail to represent all Egyptians. It comes after President Mohamed Morsi rescinded a decree granting himself sweeping powers.

The NSF called for mass demonstrations on Tuesday in protest of the constitution, which it says “lacks consensus.” Drafted by a Muslim Brotherhood-led assembly, the constitution’s critics say it ignores personal freedoms, disregards the rights of women and fails to properly represent all Egyptians.

The referendum will go ahead as scheduled on December 15.

It comes just after Morsi rescinded a decree granting himself near absolute powers in an instantly controversial move that sparked nationwide rioting.

The opposition says Morsi’s concession of the controversial decree is an empty gesture, since it already achieved its main aim: ensuring the adoption of the draft constitution.

” — Copyright 2012 Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”

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