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Egypt 'narrowly backs' charter in first round

Dec 16 2012
Egypt
Source: 
al-Jazeera

Voting has ended in the first round of the constitutional referendum in Egypt, with initial results indicating that supporters of the draft document have a narrow lead heading into the second round.

The early result of the poll is based on unofficial tallies that emerged on Sunday. Complete results are not due to be released until the second round of voting on December 22 in the remaining 17 provinces.

Salafist El-Nour Party spokesman blames liberal forces, media and dissolved NDP for constitution fears

Dec 16 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Yousry Hammad, official spokesman of the Salafist El-Nour Party, accused Sunday via his Facebook page the media and dissolved National Democratic Party of using all means to stop the forward momentum of Egypt.

The official Salafist spokesman said "it is no surprise that people were misled by liberal forces as the law does not stop them." He further accused liberals of "promoting lies" and "underestimating the minds of the citizens."

Liberal forces deliberately spread rumours about the constitution in order to undermine it, says Salafist spokesman

Islamist protesters deny head of High Constitutional Court entry to premises

Dec 16 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Hundreds of Islamist protesters gathered outside the High Constitutional Court (HCC) have prevented the head of the court, Judge Maher El-Beheiry, from entering the premises Sunday afternoon.

El-Beheiry contacted the police to report the incident but was still unable to enter the court.

Supporters of President Morsi camped at the High Constitutional Court since last week prevent Maher El-Beheiry from entering the premises

Update: Morsy issues official law staggering referendum vote

Dec 12 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

President Mohamed Morsy has issued a law officially dividing the referendum on the constitution into two stages, according to MENA.

Ten governorates will vote in the first stage on 15 December: Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Assiut, Daqahlia, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Sohag, South Sinai and North Sinai. The second stage will be conducted 22 December in the governorates of Giza, Qena, Beheira, Beni Suef, Damietta, Ismailia, Kafr al-Sheikh, Matrouh, Monufiya, New Valley, Port Said, Qalyubiya, Red Sea, Suez and Luxor.

Egypt speeds new constitution amid Morsy protests

Nov 29 2012
Egypt
Source: 
CNN

 

Tumultuous efforts to draft a new constitution for Egypt rushed toward a conclusion Thursday as Islamists who dominate the council writing the new document called for a snap vote amid widespread protests against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.

The move was seen by some critics of President Mohamed Morsy as an effort by the Muslim Brotherhood to hijack the constitution.

Egypt to vote on draft constitution

Nov 28 2012
Egypt
Source: 
al-Jazeera

A divisive panel boycotted by liberals and Christians was set to rush out a draft new Egyptian constitution as protests mounted over the political future nearly two years after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

President Mohamed Morsi had just last week given the constituent assembly an additional two months until February to complete its work.

But as protests mounted over his decision to grant himself sweeping powers until the text is ratified in a referendum, the panel wrapped up its deliberations on Wednesday and readied for a vote on Thursday.

Egypt crisis: Crowds set for rally against Mohammed Mursi

Nov 27 2012
Egypt
Source: 
BBC

Thousands of people are gathering in Cairo for a protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers.

Ahead of the rally opposition activists clashed with police, who used tear gas.

Mr Mursi has sought to defuse the crisis by saying the scope of his new powers is limited, but his opponents want him to withdraw his decree.

On Monday, the Muslim Brotherhood cancelled a rally in support of the president to prevent violence.

Morsi’s moves divide Egypt’s judiciary

Nov 27 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Al-Jazeera

As Egypt gears up for further protests, divisions over President Mohamad Morsi's recent decrees to solidify his power have had a polarising effect on the judiciary, one of the country's most sacred institutions.

Morsi's declaration has led to a judicial boycott by some judges, while others say what the president is doing is justified, and those refusing to hear cases are playing politics. 

Egypt crisis hits stock exchange

Nov 25 2012
Egypt
Source: 
Al Jazeera

Share prices on Egypt's stock exchange have plunged almost 9.5 per cent, days after President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers that sparked clashes and polarised the country's politics.

The main EGX-30 index shed 9.49 per cent by midday (10:00 GMT) on Sunday to reach 4,923.19 points, according to the Egyptian Exchange, with trading suspended for half an hour due to intense investor selling.

The bourse suspended trading for 30 minutes after intense selling by investors, as shares slumped in the first session since the president's announcement.

Top Egyptian judicial body rips Morsy

Nov 24 2012
Egypt
Source: 
CNN

Egypt's highest judicial body joined protesters Saturday in lambasting the country's president for issuing a decree disabling the courts and giving him unchecked power.

President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday announced that courts could not overturn any decree or law he has issued since taking office in June and, beyond that, in the six months until a new constitution is finalized, his spokesman said on state-run TV.

Egyptian Court Affirms Ruling to Disband Parliament

Jul 09 2012
Egypt
Source: 
THE POST

CAIRO — Egypt's constitutional court insisted on Monday that an earlier court decision that led to the dissolving of Parliament must stand, ratcheting up a confrontation with the new president a day after he tried to reclaim legislative authority by unexpectedly ordering the country’s Islamist-led Parliament to reconvene. State television said that the Supreme Constitutional Court, after discussing President Mohamed Morsi's order to Parliament on Sunday, refused to reconsider its decision, affirming that it was final and binding, news agencies reported.

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