Islamists clash with opponents ahead of Egypt vote

By REUTERS
December 14, 2012 18:00

CAIRO - Stone-throwing supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi clashed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday ahead of a referendum on a new constitution that has divided the Arab world's most populous nation.

Dozens of activists fought with clubs and swords, witnesses said, and a number of cars were set alight on the streets of Egypt's second biggest city on the eve of a vote that Morsi hopes will bring an end to the country's worsening political crisis.

In Cairo, flag-waving pro-Morsi Islamists staged a final rally on Friday before the referendum, but the gathering outside one of the capital's main mosques was peaceful.

Cairo and other cities have seen often violent demonstrations over the past three weeks since Morsi assumed sweeping new powers to push through the constitution. At least eight people have died and hundreds have been injured.


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