This content is not available in your region

Vote 'No' in referendum urges Egypt opposition

Vote 'No' in referendum urges Egypt opposition
Text size Aa Aa

Protesters in Cairo mull over a decision by Egypt’s main Liberal and secular opposition to urge a “No” vote in Saturday’s referendum.

The two-day ballot – which will also be held on December 22 – will decide whether the controversial new constitution is adopted.

Opponents of President Mohamed Mursi had boycotted a committee drawing up the charter,
accusing Islamist groups of rushing and dominating the talks.

“The call is that people will go and say ‘No’ in the ballot,” said one protester. “It is the only way to react to the president’s insistence that people get out and vote. If we were to boycott the referendum, the Muslim Brotherhood would be the winners.”

Despite the deep divisions back home, Egyptians living overseas started voting three days early. Polling areas were set up at consulates all over the world including Dubai.