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.

Monday, 10 December, 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

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

Briefs, November 6, 2012

Doctors stopped from aiding Rakhine victims

6 Nov 2012 - 2:34am

Icelanders vote in world's first 'crowdsourced constitution'

The Facebook page of the committee that put the six constitution-related questions to voters in a referendum. Photo: AFP

Icelanders backed proposals for a new basic law, preliminary results showed yesterday, after a referendum on what has been dubbed the world's first "crowdsourced constitution".

Turnout was estimated at less than 50 per cent amid voter fears that the results of the non-binding referendum would be ignored by the small Nordic country's politicians.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Scots to vote in 2014 referendum on whether to leave United Kingdom

Some of the thousands of independence supporters who joined a march and rally held in Edinburgh last month. Photo: Reuters

Britain's prime minister and Scotland's first minister signed an agreement yesterday to hold a referendum on Scottish independence that could lead to the United Kingdom breaking up after 300 years.

Prime Minister David Cameron strongly opposes a Scottish breakaway, and the signing of the terms fired the starting gun on two years of campaigning, pitching the leaders on opposite sides.

16 Oct 2012 - 5:13am

By-election reform is just a side issue

A government with five months left in office may not be able to achieve much. It can either step up efforts to tackle some pressing issues or focus on shaping its legacy. In either case, it strives to leave the city in good condition for the incoming administration.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

No consensus on Legco by-elections

One of four proposals to fix what the government calls a 'loophole' in rules for Legislative Council by-elections garnered the most support in a public consultation, the administration said yesterday. But it also said there was no consensus on how to address this perceived problem.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Downturn poses hard questions for Greece

Faced with financial turmoil, the Greek government proposed a referendum on whether they should accept the bailout plan put forward by the European Union (EU). Yet, after strong opposition from other EU nations, they scrapped the idea. Then the prime minister resigned.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Academics' petition adds pressure on by-elections

Almost 140 academics have signed a petition urging the government not to scrap by-elections.

They say getting rid of by-elections would violate Hongkongers' democratic right to elect their representatives and that there was a lack of support to drop a system that's been effective for the past two decades.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sincerity the key to consultation

A fresh public consultation on the arrangements for mid-term vacancies in Legco has finally been launched. Propelled by an outcry against the government's controversial plan to scrap by-elections, the belated exercise appears, at first glance, to be an attempt to get back to basics.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Persuasion is a lost art at the top

The government's abrupt turn on the Legislative Council amendment bill last Monday perfectly illustrates the textbook definition of 'crisis', meaning 'a turning point in an unstable situation, generally implying urgency'.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Price to pay for being too loyal?

In the end, 21 loyalist lawmakers did call for a public consultation on the controversial by-election plan, before the government agreed to the climbdown. But many will pay for their initial objection, critics say.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

By-election battle intensifies

The political battle over a controversial bill to scrap by-elections intensified last night as the government's big guns were rolled out to counter growing calls for the withdrawal of the proposed amendment.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am