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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:02 PM

Egypt's president sets date for constitution vote

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Source: AP-Excite

By SARAH EL DEEB

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi called Saturday for a referendum in two weeks on a contentious draft constitution, setting a date for another milestone in the country's transition to democracy. Widespread disputes over the charter and Morsi's recent seizure of near absolute power have marred the process and thrown the country into turmoil.

As has been the case in nearly two years since Hosni Mubarak was ousted, what should have been a cause for national celebration turned into dueling protest between opponents and supporters of how the transition has been managed- largely divided along Islamist and secular lines.

More than 100,000 Morsi supporters organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Salafi groups took to the streets of Cairo and other cities a day after a massive opposition demonstration against his recent decrees giving him immunity from judicial oversight and the charter that was rushed through an assembly packed with allies.

The presidency has been locked in a tug of war with the powerful judiciary and secular and Christian activists since Morsi granted himself far-reaching powers on Nov. 22 in a bid to pre-empt an expected decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday to dissolve the constitutional panel, as it had done the Islamist-led parliament earlier this year.

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People wave Egyptian flags and hold a large poster with the portrait of President Mohammed Morsi, center, during a rally near Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. More than 100,000 Islamists waved Egyptian flags and hoisted portraits of President Mohammed Morsi in rallies nationwide Saturday to support his efforts to rush through a new draft constitution despite widespread opposition by secular activists and some in the judiciary.(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:12 PM

1. Transition to democracy? More like transition to dictatorship. The new constitution does NOT

guarantee rights for women or religious minorities.

Those old days are gone. Put on a scarf and get over to the sink and do those dishes, women, your rights are going down the drain with that dirty dishwater....and you Copts and other religions? Pack your bags--the Pharaoh doesn't want you in his country. And judges? He don't NEED no steenkin' judges...

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:01 PM

2. Locking - duplicate thread

of http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014323097 . Please continue discussion there. Thanks.

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