Opponents rally before Egypt vote

Mohammed Mors

Opposing sides in Egypt’s political crisis are staging rallies a day before voting begins on a contentious draft constitution.

President Mohammed Morsi, from the Muslim Brotherhood, rammed the draft through an assembly and rushed it to a vote.

The vote on the draft has sharpened the polarisation in Egypt between Islamists and liberals.

Liberal and secular activists argue that the draft opens the door to rights abuses and Islamist domination.

The National Salvation Front of opposition groups is organising a demonstration after deciding to call on followers to vote “no”.

The Coalition of Islamist Forces is describing a vote in favour of the draft as “yes” for Islam and is staging its own rally.

Egyptians abroad are voting for a third day.


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