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Egypt to vote on new constitution

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Egypt's constituent assembly Chairman Amr Moussa attends during a news conference in Cairo, 15 December 2013
Egypt's constituent assembly Chairman Amr Moussa attends during a news conference in Cairo, 15 December 2013 Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour has announced the holding of a referendum on the 14th and 15th January on a new draft constitution. The new constitution will be the first step towards democratic rule and it will replace the controversial one approved by referendum in 2012, seven months before the military ousted former President Mohammed Morsi, in July. According to the transitional road map established by the military interim government, the constitutional referendum will be followed by both parliamentary and presidential elections by the middle of next year. Adel El-Adawy, an Egypt specialist from the Washington Institute, comments about the draft constitution and the pending political transition.

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