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Brotherhood's FJP urges boycott of Egypt constitution referendum

Freedom and Justice Party says draft charter is 'illegitimate' and says it will continue 'peaceful revolutionary escalation against the military coup'

Ahram Online, Wednesday 18 Dec 2013
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Students of Cairo University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, shout slogans against the military and interior ministry during a demonstration in front of at the main gate of the university in Cairo December 9, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party has called for a boycott of the upcoming constitution referendum.

"The Freedom and Justice Party calls on the free Egyptian people to boycott this so-called referendum. This null and void charter was drafted by a minority and is designed to give immunity to murderers who led a bloody military coup that was an insult to the dignity and will of Egyptians," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

The referendum, called by interim president Adly Mansour for 14 and 15 January , will be the first milestone in the transitional roadmap since Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, was ousted on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.

The draft, an amended version of the constitution passed in a referendum under Morsi in December 2012, was prepared by a mostly non-Islamist 50-member committee appointed by Mansour in September.

Interim president Mansour has called on those who opposed the road map set by the interim government on 3 July to "give up on their stubbornness," to "stop "following a mirage," and to "join the nation."

Most of the country's non-Islamist Egyptian parties, including the liberal Constitution Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and leftist Tagammu, announced they will participate in the upcoming poll. 

Earlier this week, the ultra-conservative Salafist El-Nour party, a onetime ally of the Brotherhood's former ally which had one representative in the 50-member committee, announced it will campaign for a Yes vote.

"The military coup has defiled the legitimate constitution that was approved by a two-thirds majority and has produced an abomination instead," the statement said. "It is driving people to vote yes in exceptional circumstances and making them give up their rights and those of future generations."

The party said it would continue its "peaceful revolutionary escalation against the military coup."

Earlier this week, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a Brotherhood-led pro-Morsi coalition, released a statement saying it was still undecided on whether to boycott the poll, because participation could be interpreted as an acknowledgement of the interim government's legitimacy.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi continue to defy a fierce crackdown on the Brotherhood and its top leaders with daily marches against the military and the killing of hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters at sit-ins in August.

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Mark
20-12-2013 10:14pm
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MB men
It's clear the MB men too scared to step outside to protest are sitting at home thumbing down comments online while their mothers, sisters and daughters fight like dogs with the police
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Jon
19-12-2013 02:00am
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Unwise to boycott
The leader of the election commission has promised that foreign observers will be allowed to monitor the referendum. It is also still possible that the judiciary, albeit chronically pro-military, will be monitors. Their contribution in the 2011 election made that the cleanest in Egyptian history. If there is even a small chance that the referendum will be clean, the brotherhood should not boycott it, but rather encourage their supporters to vote "no". Remember that even with a largely successful boycott, the referendum is likely to get at least as many voters as the low turnout for the Morsi constitution referendum of 2012. The turnout in 2012 was 33% of the electorate. The brotherhood alleged that this was enough. Everybody who had wanted to vote, could vote, and the constitution was perfectly legitimate. If the turnout should be 33% again in 2014, despite a brotherhood boycott, and no major cheat is revealed, will the brotherhood accept the new constitution? S
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John
19-12-2013 09:33am
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Unwise to give legitimacy to illegitimate coup junta....
@Jon although you comments are well intentioned, by taking part in any referendum, election etc organised by this illegitimate coup regime will only give it legitimacy and this is UNWISE!!!
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Modern_Humaniora
18-12-2013 07:44pm
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Guarantee
The regime [its structure] has failed to solve Egypt's crisis because it daren't put the legitimate constitution on the table and in the same breath guarantee a fair referendum, i.e. release all detained on fabricated charges and monitored by trustworthy monitors...
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Allen
18-12-2013 06:58pm
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Please boycott Muslim brotherhood terrorists
An irrelevant terrorist organization should not be even allowed to have members outside of Egyptian prisons.... Let alone vote.
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Farid
19-12-2013 12:22pm
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@ Farhan
MB's didn't kill anybody? Are you sure? What about recent taxi driver, on which article you were commenting and justifying this murder? And please save people your "scare tactics" KKK and Fascists ? seriously ? Do you even know what are you talking about? EDUCATE YOURSELF !!!
Farhan
19-12-2013 06:47am
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Its you KKK fascists who are the real terrorists
You people killed 66 millions in WW2, MB didn't kill any body. its your military which is killing thousands of people right now.
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