Mursis opponents supporters clash on eve of divisive referendum

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Anti-Mursi graffiti on the walls of Egypt’s presidential palace. (Al Arabiya)
Anti-Mursi graffiti on the walls of Egypt’s presidential palace. (Al Arabiya)
Voters in the biggest cities of Cairo and Alexandria and eight other governorates will cast their ballots on Saturday. A week later, on Dec. 22, the other half of the country will go to the polls.

Mursi ordered the split vote because many judges are refusing to oversee the plebiscite in protest.

“It’s you who will pay the price if you vote yes. No to the constitution,” said an online campaign advertisement by an opposition group called April 6.

The pro-referendum camp released videos with a song whose lyrics say: “This constitution is not too bad, it was written by a committee of heroes.”

It also has supporters holding “Yes to the constitution” placards along main roads.

Analysts said the proven ability of the Muslim Brotherhood to promote its views at the ballot box could well see the draft constitution adopted, though that was not certain.

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