Egypt’s Morsi calls for quick referendum on disputed charter

Posted: December 2, 2012 at 4:04 a.m.

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gather at Cairo University on Saturday. Muslim Brotherhood organizers, using tour buses, mustered more than 100,000 people at the rally.

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi called Saturday for a referendum in two weeks on a contentious draft constitution, setting a date for another milestone in the country’s transition to democracy. Widespread disputes over the charter and Morsi’s recent seizure of near absolute power have marred the process and thrown the country into turmoil.

Thousands Support Egypt President Rallies

Tens of thousands of people waving Egyptian flags and hoisting large pictures of the president are demonstrating across Egypt Saturday in support of him and Islamic law. (By AP)
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Thousands of supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi pray during a pro-government rally Saturday in the streets outside Cairo University.

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