More Egypt protests called after Morsi concession

5:11 PM, Dec 9, 2012   |    comments
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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's opposition says it will keep up protests against a referendum on a disputed draft constitution but has stopped short of advocating either a boycott or a "no" less than a week before voting.

The opposition is still pushing for Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to cancel the Dec. 15 referendum, saying they reject the process entirely.

The referendum plan has sparked some of the bloodiest clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents since he came to power in June.

The National Salvation Front, an umbrella opposition group of liberal and leftist parties, warns that holding the referendum in such atmosphere will lead to more strife. It accused Morsi of driving the country toward violent clashes and is calling for another massive rally on Tuesday.

Morsi has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions until after the results of the referendum. The decision published in the official gazette also grants the military the right to arrest civilians as they carry out their mission.

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