Some Egyptian opposition refuse new constitutional declaration

2012-12-09 11:12:16 GMT2012-12-09 19:12:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Some of Egyptian opposition forces refused Sunday to accept the new constitutional declaration issued Saturday by President Mohamed Morsi.

"We refuse the constitutional declaration issued Saturday as it trivializes our major demands, which is cancelling the constitution referendum set for Dec. 15," the Revolutionary Forces Coalition said in a statement early Sunday, calling the whole Egyptians to partake in marches to the presidential palace later Sunday.

Meanwhile, coordinator of the National Salvation Front Mohamed ElBaradei called for dropping the new constitution. "We have broken barrier of fear. A constitution that aborts our rights and freedoms should be toppled now and not tomorrow." he said on his Twitter page.

The April 6 movement expressed its objection to the new declaration, noting that it insists on postponing the constitutional referendum.

"The new constitutional declaration doesn't introduce anything new for the Egyptians, and the constitutional referendum should be postponed until a consensus is reached," head of the movement Ahmed Maher wrote on his facebook page.

Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration late Saturday, ruling that the previous one issued on Nov. 22 has been wholly cancelled, but the effects rooted in it will remain unchanged.

In its third article, the new constitutional declaration ruled that if the new constitution was voted down in the Dec. 15 referendum, the president will call for electing a new assembly through direct ballot to draft a new constitution. The new 100- member panel will be elected within three months after the announcement of the referendum results.

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