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Egypt could hold rapid constitutional vote

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Egypt could hold rapid constitutional vote


Egypt’s new military rulers are thought to be considering a change to the constitution by holding a referendum in as little as two months time.

Tourist hotspots remain deserted after the protests that toppled president Mubarak, but opposition sources say the army leadership is intent on a rapid vote and power sharing deal with civilian parties.

Some believe that could open the door to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has been eyed suspiciously in some quarters in the West, but the head of the Arab League Amr Moussa spoke to euronews and said: ‘‘They will not occupy any key positions. They have not been at the head or behind all what has happened, but they have been part of a revolt just like many others. There were young, those not so young, women, men, old people, children, rich and poor, a cross section of people from all backgrounds. The protests were massive and those from all walks of life were present.’‘

Despite Mubarak’s fall, Egypt continues to be hit by a wave of protests, with many workers demanding better pay and conditions. In a communique on State TV yesterday they were urged to go home for the good of the country.

Egypt has also asked foreign powers, including Britain to freeze the assets of former officials.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: ‘‘We have also received a request from the Egyptian government to freeze the assets of several former Egyptian officials. We will of course cooperate with this request, working with EU and international partners as we have done in the case of Tunisia.’‘

That move came following calls from protesters in the Arab country for cash held in foreign banks to be clawed back to help alleviate poverty in Egypt.

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