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Egypt referendum highlights divisions within society: ElBaradei
Senior opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei says constitutional referendum highlights divisions within Egyptian society, claims poverty and illiteracy provide fertile ground for mixing religion with politics
Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Dec 2012
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Leading member of opposition umbrella group Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: Reuters)

Preliminary results from the first phase of Egypt's constitutional referendum show there are increasing levels of division within society, senior opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei has said.

"Poverty and illiteracy provide fertile ground for trading with religion," ElBaradei said via Twitter early on Sunday.

However, he also said there is also a growing level of political awareness among Egyptians and a belief that the goals of the revolution are still attainable.

The first phase of Egypt's constitutional referendum took place on Saturday across ten governorates.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party has claimed 56.6 per cent voted 'Yes' and 43.5 per cent voted 'No'.

The National Salvation Front is the main opposition coalition formed after the draft constitution was approved by President Morsi on 1 December. Headed by ElBaradei and former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, the front called for a 'No' vote in the poll. The front has disputed the FJP's figures and announced that 66 per cent voted 'No'. 

ElBaradei is also the leader of the Constitution Party.





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Ramez
17-12-2012 09:12pm
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Pls listen to ElBaradei interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN
Pls listen to ElBaradei interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN. She uncovered him; he stumbles and contradicts himself. As opposition leader he should be wise enough to realize that he is dragging the country into a civil war. The real people behind the Egyptian revolution are no longer there; those were the real civilized Egyptian; absolute politeness and very peaceful. The people you see in the streets these days, either with or against Morsi, are not considered by all means civilized people. Look and listen to their slogans, look at the destruction they are causing to private and public properties. Every party is claiming that the other party is using thugs. In my opinion whoever participates in such demonstrations, again either with or against Morsi, is taking part of the thuggery act and is responsible of the chaotic situation Egypt is going through. Stop blaming each other, this will leads to nowhere. It's only by dialogue, Egypt will overcome this crisis and all concerns can
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NawalSalem
16-12-2012 07:19pm
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Secularism is not the solution for Muslim nations
El-Baradie is not a religious man. He is bluntly secular. He shoulsn't expect everyone else to be secular. Many people in Egypt are religious.
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Khaleel
16-12-2012 06:24pm
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Who has kept Egypt poor and illiterate?
Islamists are not responsible for the backwardness of Egypt: it is the secularists and believers in holocaust who have kept Egyptians poor and illiterate. Kudos to them :they have paved the way for Islamic Egypt.
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Karim
16-12-2012 06:16pm
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parliamentary election
More than 60 % voted in the parliamentary election. How many people voted for you Mr. Baradei?. You are responsible for the lack of participants in the recent constitutional election since only 30 % of the egyptians voted. Voting = Chaos. Thank you for that. And who have voted you as the "President" of the Opposition in the first place. You fools would have won in four Years but you refused to be patient. Now more and more of egyptians are yearning for a great leader that can bring at least "stability".
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Nora
16-12-2012 04:19pm
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where is your grace
Despite of massive and biased media campaign against the constitution, the oppositions failed. Please show us some grace. This fight was never about the constitution document. per Se, but rather on pre exiting ideological differences. Stop ruining and exploting Egypt further. Go back to your wealthy and educated masters.
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300
16-12-2012 02:43pm
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There is a divide
One side that accepts democracy and the other side the losers like el baradei that don't.
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Abu Ammar
16-12-2012 02:31pm
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Isn't it Democracy?
Mr. El Baradei! isn't it what we call democracy to accept the majority opinion? how would you characterize as such. then do you mean US too divided between democrats and republicans? when G. Bush won in a little margin did anyone said US is divided and president doesn't have legitimacy? what do you mean by democracy? Sir!
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Naguib
16-12-2012 01:22pm
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This guy want to make divisions
This guy(ElBeredie) want to make divisions in society. That's all. He couldn't become the president. So he is jealous. He want 2 years as transition period..!! He don't want a stable, democratic Egypt.
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