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Egyptian VP 'referendum will go ahead as planned' despite clashes

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Egyptian VP 'referendum will go ahead as planned' despite clashes
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Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi brawled in the streets of the Capital on Wednesday.

Outside the presidential palace in Cairo there were reports of petrol bombs being thrown as well as stones and other objects.

The president’s backers tore down the tents of those that had organised a sit-in against Mursi’s expanded powers and draft constitution.

Despite growing protests Egypt’s Vice President Mahmoud Mekki insists a referendum on the constitution will go ahead as planned on December 15.

Facing the gravest crisis of his six-month tenure, Mohammed Mursi claims he is acting to prevent courts, still full of appointees from the Hosni Mubarak era, from derailing Egypt’s political transition.

He says he will give up his new powers once the new constitution is ratified.