» 12/28/2012, 00.00
Tensions rising in Egypt as opposition leaders are investigated for high treason
Hamdeen Sabahi, Amr Moussa and Mohammed ElBaradei, founders of the National Salvation Front, are accused of incitement against the state and betraying the ideals of the Revolution because they led mass protests against the Islamist constitution. Controversial Morsi-appointed Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah orders the inquiry.
Egypt’s referendum to amend the Constitution
This is the first referendum since the fall of Mubarak. In favour, the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Democratic Party, the party of the former rais. All other opposition parties are against it and ask for a complete overhaul of the Charter, before the presidential election.
As the Yes campaign is set to win referendum, Catholic Church spokesman calls it "a vote against Islamism and Sharia"
Unofficial results indicate that the Yes won 98 per cent of the vote in at least 25 districts. Turnout tops 55 per cent. Women turnout is also up. Christians cast their ballot despite Islamist attacks and threats. For Egyptian Catholic Church spokesman Fr Greich Rafiq, if the new constitution is not implemented, "we shall find ourselves with yet another odd text useful only to stock bookshelves."
Constitutional court goes on strike as Islamists threaten judges
Courts protest against President Morsi and his Sharia-based constitution. Hundreds of Muslim extremists besiege the Supreme Court building, shouting slogans against the judges. The constitutional court is the last legal rampart that can stop the power of Muslim extremists.
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State media applaud the high turnout, the Muslim Brotherhood claim instead a low turnout and continue their boycott. The referendum is a vote against the fundamentalism of the Brotherhood.
Egypt: Morsi trial a “sign of change for the country"
Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, emphasizes the desire of the people to turn the page after the recent Islamist past. Mina Thabet , president of the Christian Maspero Youth Union , speaks of a "double Egyptian Arab Spring ." In three years the leaders of two opposing regimes have ended up on trial. Morsi’s day in court postponed to February 2014.
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