Egyptian opposition warns of referendum violence

By REUTERS
December 13, 2012 15:15

CAIRO - A leading opposition figure warned of more blood on the streets when Egyptians vote on a new constitution championed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi amid a growing political crisis.

In the referendum this Saturday and next, Egyptians must accept or reject a basic law that has to be in place before national elections can be held early next year - an event many hope can steer the Arab world's most populous nation out of its turmoil.

At least seven people have died and hundreds have been injured in violence that erupted three weeks ago after Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers to ram the charter through a drafting body dominated by Islamists and boycotted by the opposition.

Ahmed Said, a leading member of the opposition National Salvation Front, said pushing through the referendum with tension running high on the streets could provoke more violence as rival voters go to the polls.


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