December 8, 2012
WAIT, HE WAS SINCERE?:
Morsi's decree cancelled, constitution referendum to take place on time (Ahram Online, 9 Dec 2012)
Islamic scholar Selim El-Awa, a member of Egypt's National Dialogue, announced that president Mohamed Morsi had called off the controversial constitutional declaration he issued last month. [...]However, El-Awa said the referendum on the new draft constitution, slated for 15 December, will go ahead as scheduled, defying the demonstrators who believe the proposed national chart does not fulfill the aspirations of Egyptians."If the people voted no to the referendum, a new Constituent Assembly will be formed within three months via general elections, after which it will write a new constitution within six months," El-Awa read out one of the articles of the new constitutional declaration.
The decree was only needed so the constitution could be written without interference from regime holdovers.
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2012 6:49 PM