Egypts Islamists to build on referendum after yes majority

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Violence between the charter’s supporters and opponents flared in Egypt’s two largest cities, Cairo and Alexandria, just before and after the referendum, with police repelling an Islamist attack on the liberal Wafd party headquarters in the capital on Saturday night.

On December 5, clashes between pro- and anti-Mursi demonstrators outside the presidential palace killed eight people injured hundreds, prompting the army to deploy troops and tanks around the compound.

If the constitution is approved, Mursi hopes it will end a tumultuous transition almost two years after a popular uprising overthrew president Hosni Mubarak and ushered in interim military rule before Mursi’s election in June.

Liberals and Christians had boycotted the assembly that drafted the charter, complaining the Islamist-dominated panel had ignored their concerns.

The Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party threw its formidable organizational machine behind a “yes” campaign for the draft constitution.

But many opposition voters were especially hostile towards the Brotherhood, which the National Salvation Front believes wants to usher in strict Islamic laws.

International watchdogs, the U.N. human rights chief, the United States and the European Union have all expressed reservations about the draft because of loopholes that could be used to weaken human rights.

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