Egyptians prepare for controversial constitutional referendum vote
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:31
Jan.13-Egyptians prepare to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on a new constitution, which would replace one signed into law by deposed President Mohamed Mursi a little more than a year ago. Nathan Frandino reports.
▲ Hide Transcript
▶ View Transcript
Political posters pop up all across Egypt.
The country is set to start voting Tuesday in a referendum on a new constitution.
This new document would replace the one signed by ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
Many have predicted a yes vote, giving the army-backed government support for its overthrow of Mursi.
At a meeting in the Ministry of Health's National Training Institute, constituent assembly head Amr Moussa described the constitution as a reflection of Egypt's current situation.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, AMR MOUSSA, SAYING:
"This constitution is a reflection of Egypt's current situation, along with the challenges Egypt and the Egyptian society face. Therefore, there is a great focus on freedoms, rights and the benefits of the Egyptian people without neglecting any segment of society."
The new text will likely give a final push to a presidential bid by the man who deposed Mursi, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
While most of the Cairo billboards support the referendum, some political groups are boycotting the event.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF OPPOSITION MOVEMENT 6 APRIL DEMOCRATIC FRONT, MOHAMED FAWAZ, SAYING:
"We can never participate and give legitimacy to a regime which fools the people and tries to act like it is a civil democratic regime. It is neither democratic nor civil."
The Interior Ministry will deploy 220,000 policemen and 500 combat units to oversee security.
Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code