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Egyptian Opposition, Pro-Presidential Forces Planning Rival Rallies

Published: December 10, 2012 | 8:10 am
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Egypt’s opposition and pro-presidential forces are planning rival rallies over President Muhammad Morsi’s declaration that a referendum on a controversial new draft constitution will be held as scheduled on December 15.

The opposition National Salvation Front has called for a rally on December 11.

Islamist movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood which supports the president, also called for mass rallies on December 11.

The opposition is demanding Morsi cancel the referendum on the constitution, which was drafted by an assembly dominated by Morsi’s Islamist allies.

The opposition says the constitution falls short of guaranteeing fundamental freedoms and women’s rights, and that holding the vote will only exacerbate divisions and tensions.

Morsi has annulled his November 22 decree that made his decisions immune from judicial review, but said the constitutional vote must still be held.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, dpa, and AFP

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