Egypt opposition figure says Morsi deepening crisis

By REUTERS
December 9, 2012 11:03

 
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CAIRO - A leading member of Egypt's main opposition coalition said on Sunday that President Mohamed Morsi's decision to press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution was "shocking" and would deepen a political crisis.

"It is making things a lot worse," Ahmed Said, member of the National Salvation Front coalition and head of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, told Reuters. "I cannot imagine that after all this they want to pass a constitution that does not represent all Egyptians."

He said the Front would meet later on Sunday to make a formal response to Morsi's decision to scrap a decree that sparked deadly violence but stick to a referendum date of December 15 on a constitution that was drawn up by an Islamist-led drafting assembly.

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