Egypt opposition to appeal referendum

2012-12-23 20:27
Share prices on the Egypt Exchange declined over 10%, after President Mohamed Mursi assumed sweeping powers that sparked clashes and polarised the country's politics. (AFP)

Share prices on the Egypt Exchange declined over 10%, after President Mohamed Mursi assumed sweeping powers that sparked clashes and polarised the country's politics. (AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's opposition said on Sunday that it will appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with "fraud and violations".

The announcement was made by the opposition National Salvation Front the day after the second and final round of the referendum that President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said passed with 64% support, according to unofficial early tallies.

"The referendum is not the end of the road. It is only one battle," said the statement, read by Front member Abdel Ghaffer Shokr at a Cairo news conference. "We will continue the fight for the Egyptian people."

Another Front member, Amr Hamzawy, said: "We are asking the [electoral] commission to investigate the irregularities before announcing official results."

The results had been due to be announced on Monday.

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