Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi announced a snap constitutional referendum on Saturday, the same day huge numbers of his loyalists rallied in Cairo.
The controversial vote, which has divided Egypt, will be held in two weeks time.
The liberal opposition say the new constitution undermines fundamental freedoms. They had described the president as a new dictator after he granted himself sweeping new powers.
But Mursi’s supporters rallied in favour of the document.
‘‘When the referendum on the constitution takes place, the constitutional decree will be cancelled, so where’s the problem? Look, this, is the referendum,’‘ one man said.
‘‘Millions of Muslims hit the streets today and they didn’t break a thing. But if you look at Tahrir square, the 5,000 or 6,000 camped out there have made a mess. They’ve attacked police stations and the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters,’‘ said another man.
Reporting from Cairo, euronews’ Mohammed Shaikhibrahim says: ‘‘The response of Mursi’s supporters came today. Descending on Cairo they called for several things, their most important demand being the application of Islamic law in Egypt. They were also here to warn opposition protesters of their growing anger.’‘