Will an Islamist referendum victory calm Tahrir Square and the opposition, or will there be a return to street protests?
The Egyptian people remain deeply divided despite the support shown over two rounds of voting for the new constitution.
Restoring calm was visibly a key argument when, two years after the fall of Mubarak, the economy is in crisis. This swung undecided electors in particular.
Supporters argue it was vital for Egypt to have a better constitution than the one before.
‘‘I think the new constitution is very important for me and other Egyptians. I have compared the new constitution with the one from 1971,’‘ said one Cairo man.
However the main coalition of leftwing, liberal and secular opposition groups the National Salvation Front does not agree, and promises to contest the referendum results.
‘‘We are committed to continuing our collective peaceful struggle in order to bring down this constitution through legitimate means as soon as possible, because it’s a constitution that is not worthy of Egyptians,’ says the Front’s Hamdeen Sabahi.
The oppositition insists the new constitution is full of ambiguities and contradictions and so cannot be seen as legitimate.
‘‘We do not consider that constitution as a legitimate constitution. It violates our basic rights, social and economic as well as civil and personal rights,’‘ agrees Amr Hamzawy.
The Freedom and Justice party of Mohammed Morsi is delighted with the results. The president says it is the key to stabilising the Egyptian economy and ending confrontations.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie called on Saturday for a resolution of differences through dialogue, and not the throwing of stones or exchange of gunfire.
Last Friday, on the eve of the second round of voting, clashes between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps left many injured in the streets of Alexandria.
- 1French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius slams Hungary’s ‘migrant fence’
- 2Christians protest against Israel’s ‘divisive’ separation barrier
- 3Large protests in Japan against plans to expand military role
- 4Poland ‘has located’ buried Nazi treasure train
- 5Austria and Hungary hope arrests will lead to human trafficking ringleaders
- 1Poland ‘has located’ buried Nazi treasure train
- 2Destination northern Europe: thousands make daily ‘journey of death’
- 3Disruption continues after travellers end French motorway blockade
- 4Martin Schulz attacks ‘cynical’ EU governments over migrants crisis
- 5Palestinian women and children force Israeli soldier to release boy
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 3Caught red-handed: the Russian Major fighting in Ukraine
- 4Video footage shows massive explosion in Tianjin, China
- 5Ukraine puts top Russian general Gerasimov on ‘most wanted’ list
- 6Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin
- 7Who came out top in the US Republican television debate?
- 8Latest News Bulletin
- 9Why World Elephant Day matters
- 10International news | euronews, latest international news
- 11UK: at least 7 dead after plane crashes into road in Brighton
- 12Virginia:TV journalist and cameraman shot dead live on air
- 13ISIL militant group claims to have killed Croatian hostage in Egypt
- 14Earth Overshoot Day…Pushing Mother Nature too far
- 15Windows 10, three weeks on: the good, the bad and the ugly
- 16Bringing the trolls out of the dark: Russian ‘troll’ awarded 1 rouble damages
- 17As ‘Daily Show’ Jon Stewart’s tenure ends, scholars say goodbye to their research topic
- 18Momentum for Mars: Astronauts say mission is inevitable
- 19European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 20Scientists find sinkhole cave under Mexico’s Kukulkan Castle Pyramid
Latest world news
Freddie Krueger creator Wes Craven has died aged 76
Hundreds pay tribute to police officer killed at a Texas petrol station
Syrian regime accused of bombing civilians in Damascus suburb
More civilian deaths in Saudi-led air raids on suspected Houthi targets
Protesters angry over destruction of ‘Mephistopheles’ in St Petersburg
Wires > News
- 07:55 CET Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel’s biggest challenge
- 07:38 CET China party says no disrespect meant with Jiang sign removal
- 07:00 CET Cambodia says no plan to take more refugees from Australian…
- 06:22 CET China property developers to buy back Tianjin blast homes – Xinhua
- 03:35 CET ‘The Storm Makers’ puts Cambodia’s sex-trafficking under spotlight
- 03:08 CET Insight – Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali’s fragile north
- 01:39 CET Fire at Saudi oil workers’ compound kills 10, many injured
- 21:40 CET Islamic State destroys part of Syria’s Temple of Bel – monitors