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Egypt's constitutional opponents promise to resist

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Egypt's constitutional opponents promise to resist


Egypt’s proposed new constitution, and the manner in which it is being rolled out by President Mursi, is attracting plenty of criticism in Cairo and other cities along the Nile.

Opponents say they will stay in the streets until it is rescinded, but Mursi is expected to ratify it on Saturday, so is it game over for the opposition?

“The constitutional declaration he announced was a declaration with no future, still-born. Why? Because it will restrict the rights of all Egyptians. Why did we have a revolution? To have more freedoms, so restricting them is a step back into the past,” said one man.

“Our main demand is the cancellation of the constitutional decalration. Our second demand is an end to being governed by the head of the Muslim Brotherhood. Our third demand? An end to their hegemony,” said a young woman.

“We’ve been pushed to choose between the lesser of two evils. Either we accept the constitutional declaration, or we vote for a constitution that they have drawn up,” said one young man in religious attire.

The bill still needs approval in a refererendum which is likely to be held in 15 days’ time.

“Tension is running very high here, with a major split between two political programmes, the Muslim Brotherhood on one side, and Egypt’s other political forces on the other. But in the end, the street will decide,” says euronews’ reporter in Cairo, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim.

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