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Egypt opposition to appeal referendum results
By AFP - Dec 23,2012 - Last updated at Dec 23,2012
CAIRO –– Egypt's opposition said on Sunday that it will appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with "fraud and violations".
The announcement was made by the opposition National Salvation Front the day after the second and final round of the referendum that President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said passed with 64 per cent support, according to unofficial early tallies.
"The referendum is not the end of the road. It is only one battle," said the statement, read by Front member Abdel Ghaffer Shokr at a Cairo news conference. "We will continue the fight for the Egyptian people."
Another Front member, Amr Hamzawy, said: "We are asking the (electoral) commission to investigate the irregularities before announcing official results."
The results had been due to be announced on Monday.
Egypt’s opposition said on Sunday it will appeal a referendum seen as voting in a new constitution backed by ruling Islamists, and vowed to keep up a struggle that has spawned weeks of protests and instability.
Egypt’s chief public prosecutor, forced to quit this week after opposition protests, retracted his resignation on Thursday, setting the stage for more turmoil as the nation votes in a referendum on its political future.
Supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi have called for protests on Wednesday outside the presidential palace, raising fears of a potential showdown as Egypt's crisis deepens.
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