12 December 2012

Egypt: Mursi Approves Army's Unity Talks, Referendum Goes Ahead in Foreign Embassies

Cairo — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi approved an army call for holding national unity talks on Wednesday in a bid to end a political crisis, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

The talks were put forward by Defence Minister and Army Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on Tuesday as rival groups of protesters supporting and denouncing Morsi continued to grow in the streets of Cairo.

Meanwhile, Egypt's referendum on the controversial draft constitution has begun in embassies abroad, days before the vote is due to take place at home.

But with many judges refusing to oversee the process, it is unclear whether the vote will take place on one day or continue the next week. The opposition has called for the entire referendum to be scrapped.

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