Constitutional Referendum on 14 -15 January 2014
Interim President Adly Mansour has announced that there will be a constitutional referendum on 14th/15th January 2014 to seek approval of the draft constitution.
The formal notice as published on the Egyptian State Information Service website is as follows:
“President announces referendum on Egyptian constitution on 14, 15 January
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Interim President Adly Mansour has announced a national referendum on the new draft of the constitution, to take place on 14-15 January.
In a speech at a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, the president called on those who opposed the current political settlement to “give up on their stubbornness,” to stop “following a mirage,” and to join the nation.
“Let this constitution be a word of justice, that unites and doesn’t separate … for hatred is a tool for destruction … disagreement is legislated, as long it adopts peacefulness and is in the country’s interest,” Mansour stated in his speech.
Speaking at the ceremony at Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, the head of the committee which drafted the new version of the constitution, Amr Moussa, said that the panel had drafted a “balanced constitution” that provides freedoms, rights and separation of powers.
“This is a constitution that clearly criminalises any form of discrimination against all citizens and ensures national unity,” said Moussa. The new constitution also protects freedoms of belief, opinion, and creation, which preserves intellectual property rights, and which provides gender equality, he stated.
The ceremony was attended by key officials including Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, military chief and Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb, and a representative of Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.”