Muslim Brotherhood says Egyptian draft constitution will fail

Jan. 9, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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CAIRO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, said Thursday it was certain a constitutional referendum in Egypt would fail.

Ahram Online, an Egyptian news website, reported voting for Egyptian expatriates went into a second day Thursday. They're voting for a draft constitution to replace the one enacted during the tenure of President Mohamed Morsi, who was removed from office by the Egyptian military in July.

Morsi, an FJP member, was accused of favoring the Islamic ideologies embraced by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, which describes his ouster as a coup. The political organization issued a statement Thursday on the Muslim Brotherhood's website saying the new constitution wouldn't get voter support.

"The FJP is full of confidence that the Egyptian people, who have decidedly rejected the sham referendum, will go on to defeat the coup," the party said.

The Brotherhood had planned a "million-man march" earlier this week to protest against the resumption of a trial against Morsi, accused of playing a role in the deaths of demonstrators in December 2012.

Ahram Online reported the trial was delayed to Feb. 1 because poor weather made to too difficult to travel Morsi from his prison cell in Alexandria to Cairo.

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