Egyptian constitution

Egypt's opposition will appeal against result of referendum on constitution

Opposition member of National Salvation Front Amr Hamzawy. Photo: EPA

Egypt's opposition said yesterday it will appeal against the result of a referendum, in which voters approved a new constitution backed by ruling Islamists but for which the turnout was low.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 5:07am

Egypt approves new constitution, rival camps say

Officials count ballots after polls close on Saturday in Bani Sweif, about 115 km south of Cairo. Photo: Reuters

Egyptians appear to have approved a new constitution after Saturday’s final round of voting in a referendum, early indications showed, despite opposition criticism of the Islamist-influenced measure as divisive. Vice-President Mahmoud Mekky announced his resignation hours before polls closed.

23 Dec 2012 - 8:21pm

Egyptians abroad vote, army to host ‘unity’ talks

An Egyptian man, living in UAE, casts his vote during the referendum for the Egyptian new constitution, at the Egyptian consulate in Dubai, UAE on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Egyptians abroad began voting on Wednesday in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohammed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly, in a setback for the opposition who had hoped to delay the process.

12 Dec 2012 - 5:59pm

Mursi gives Egyptian army police powers ahead of referendum

Women walk under a banner near the presidential palace in Cairo. Photo: EPA

President Mohammed Mursi has ordered Egypt’s army from Monday to take on police powers in the run-up to a vote on a constitution that has triggered bloodshed.

10 Dec 2012 - 9:13pm

Egypt's Islamists to hold rival demo same day as protesters

Riot police officers patrol the grounds near the presidential palace. Hundreds of Egyptians continued to protest against President Mohammed Mursi's decision to keep the referendum on a disputed draft constitution scheduled for next week.

Egyptian Islamist movements, including President Mohammed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, will hold a rival demonstration on Tuesday, the same day as protests organised by the opposition, a Brotherhood spokesman told AFP.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:18am

Mohammed Mursi's opponents refuse to play winning hand, analysts say

Anti-Mursi protesters in Cairo. The president's critics say his proposed constitution favours his Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood. Photo: Reuters

Opponents of a constitutional referendum called by Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi have successfully mobilised protests that have drawn thousands to demonstrations at the presidential palace in the past week.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

Egypt's top court postponed a hearing that could see the country's Islamist-controlled constituent assembly and upper house of parliament dissolved, after thousands of Islamist protesters surrounded the court building in Cairo.

Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Egypt's draft constitution vague on specifics

Mursi (right) receives a copy of new constitution. Photo: EPA

The draft constitution on which Egyptians will vote on December 15 is supposed to usher in the kind of democratic reform that demonstrators demanded nearly two years ago in protests that led to the fall of then-president Hosni Mubarak. Yet the rushed document is peppered with caveats and does little to clarify what role government should have in a democratically ruled Egypt.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Protests force Egypt court to delay ruling on constituent assembly

Hundreds of supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi protest outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi protested Sunday outside a top Egyptian court, forcing judges to delay a hearing on a constitutional panel at the heart of a deepening crisis.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:13pm

Mursi calls Dec. 15 referendum on new constitution

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (right) receives the final draft of Egypt's constitution from Hossam El-Gheriany, head of the Constituent Assembly on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi called a Dec. 15 referendum on a new constitution, hoping to end protests over a decree expanding his powers, as at least 200,000 of his Islamist supporters rallied in Cairo on Saturday.

2 Dec 2012 - 12:53pm

Egypt constitution finalised as opposition cries foul

Members of Egypt's Constitutional Assembly discuss a new draft constitution during the voting session at the Shoura Assembly in Cairo on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

An Islamist-led assembly finalised a new Eygptian constitution on Friday aimed at ending a crisis that erupted when President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers.

30 Nov 2012 - 6:50pm