Egypt President Morsi puts constitution into effect
President Morsi enacts the controversial constitution after the referendum's official results were released
Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Dec 2012
President Mohamed Morsi and Head of the Constituent Assembly Hossam al-Gheriany hold a copy of the draft constitution (Photo: President Mohamed Morsi's official Facebook page)
Egypt President Mohamed Morsi signed an executive order late on Tuesday enacting Egypt's new constitution.
Yasser Ali, presidential office spokesperson, confirms that Morsi signed the executive order hours after the Supreme Electoral Commission announced the the draft charter had been endorsed by 63.8 of voters in this month's referendum.
Morsi's leftist, liberal, secularist and Christian opponents had taken to the streets to block what they argue was a move to ram through a charter that would dangerously mix politics and religion.
The president, however, argues that the new constitution offers sufficient protection for minorities and adopting it quickly is necessary to end two years of turmoil and political uncertainty that he says wrecked the economy.
Egypt's new constitution has been drafted by a Constituent Assembly whose non-Islamist members, including church representatives, liberals, leftists and others, dropped out of in protest against what was frequently described as "Islamist domination."