Interim President Adli Mansour announced a national referendum on the new draft of the constitution, to take place on 14-15 January.
In a speech at a ceremony on Saturday 14/12/2013, the president called on those who opposed the current political settlement to "give up their stubbornness," to stop "following a mirage," and to join the nation.
During the amendment process, the constitutional drafting committee decided to leave the decision of whether to hold presidential or parliamentary elections first to President Mansour.
The new draft aims to replace the 2012 constitution, which was drafted during the presidency of Mohamed Morsi by an assembly dominated by Islamist representatives, and faced widespread political opposition. The Islamist-drafted constitution was approved by a referendum in December 2012, with 64 percent of the votes. Turnout was 33 percent.
Statement by H.E. President of the Republic on the occasion of calling the Egyptian people to vote in a referendum on the new constitution