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President Morsi sets referendum on draft constitution December 15, 2012
Ahram Online presents the highlights of President Mohamed Morsi's speech calling for a referendum on the draft constitution
Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Dec 2012
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addresses the nation calling for the referendum (Photo: Snapshot from state TV)

President Mohamed Morsi hailed in a speech on Saturday evening the draft constitution, which the members of the Constituent Assembly presented to him at a meeting in the Conference Hall in Cairo.

The president called for a national referendum on the draft on 15 December, 2012.

“I salute all our Egyptian people, men, women, youth, Muslims and Christians. I salute you warmly on this historic day," the president said.

"We hope to ascend into a new era of Egypt’s history, to a bright future for our beloved people."

"This is a breakthrough, the first truly representative constitution that protects the rights, freedoms and human dignity of all Egyptians. It was born out of the 25 January revolution; the last one came 175 years ago, from Mohamed Ali Pasha."

"While we stand here, we cannot forget the sacrifices of the martyrs of the revolution, and all those who were injured and their families."

"All Egyptians are adamant to see this process move forward, in order to see the objectives of the blessed revolution realised."

"I say to those national figures who chose to withdraw from the final sessions of the Constituent Assembly: You did a great job in formulating great articles, your efforts are appreciated and will not be forgotten. History will remember your patriotic role in writing this constitution."

"I thank the members of this assembly, headed by El-Gheriany, who have worked tirelessly over the past six months to draft this constitution, which has been aired live to all Egyptians."

"All Egyptians will vote on the constitution; I hope it will be a new day for a stable and independent Egypt."

"I call on all Egyptians to vote on this draft constitution."

"The world looks at us and our experience with great enthusiasm; they are eager to see how Egypt will build itself."

"This referendum will be a new step in Egypt's democratic process."

"I commend Egypt's judges who we highly respected, particularly for their role in overseeing the elections under the former regime and deeming them fraudulent. This great body will continue to ensure the protection of Egyptians' rights and freedoms." 



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Abdulaziz
03-12-2012 04:58pm
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Best elected democratic president
President Mursi is the best, legitimate and elected president in the new history of Egypt. Egyption mases are used to autocrates and military regimes since long time. They should change their mind and coup with previous regime tycons and support president Mursi in refrendum at home and abroad for the success of their country and consitution.
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mumby
03-12-2012 04:51am
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Never satified
Liberal are having many fears.This fear raise because they hate Islam. Let see Liberal paranoid: 1) Media outlets can be shut down 2) Judiciary controlled by government 3) civilians can be tried by military courts, which are not open to public. EXACT SAME CONTROL MECHANISM AS MUBARAK.
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Andrew Arato
02-12-2012 04:43am
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what it means
Here is what such a referendum means. Either you vote yes, or the totality of powers I assumed remain in place. This is the same choice Gen. Evren gave to the Turkish people in 1982. I am sure in Egypt too the same strucure is not unprcedented. The Egyptian peole are given a choice between emergency government or a faulty process and an inadequate constitution.
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Cautiously Optimistic Observer
02-12-2012 01:27am
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What more do you want?
So the people have the final say on the constitution. As soon as the constitution comes into effect, all of Mursi's "Pharo" powers will be gone. What more do you want? This part of the news, I didn't see covered in American or European media. That should tell you something.
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Ansari
05-12-2012 09:00am
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Best President of the century Mr. President I salute you. Allah bless you and the nation.
You believe in American and European media. That should tell you something, you are bonafide traitor, and your allegiances are with the enemies of Egypt the USA and EU, as these countries kept Pharoah mMubarak in power for 30 years, and let him sppress Egyptians for that time.
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Sharif Shehata
01-12-2012 11:46pm
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Food, Jobs and homes
All the world believes in freedom, Justice and Democracy but we always support our President. You are our leader right or wrong. As I believe the President responsibility is to give the Nation what they need and defend the Nation. Now All Egyptians need Food,Jobs and Homes. We hope you can deliver to us. Where is the agenda for Egypt in the future. Mr President Mohamed Morsi wants the best for all and he wants to clear Egypt from Corruption. The misleading has made the situation more volatile. Egypt And Egyptians, No matter how good or bad you think life is,wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone, Somewhere else is fighting to Survive. Mr president You are a star. God bless Egypt.
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Ahmed Kamel
01-12-2012 11:35pm
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Referendum
Sure, the Brotherhood will be playing the same tune to the wide illiterates and uneducated masses again, If you are a Muslim vote "YES" and if you are a Kafir vote "No", when there is really NO proper representaion! Now how can a constitution pass by 51%, what about the other 49% and in 4 years if the opposition wins, will we change the consitution again..and so forth every 4 years???
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Hector M.
05-12-2012 08:54am
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Egypt will successfuly go through the approval of Constitution.
Ahmed Kamel, to me you are most illiterates and uneducated of masses. You dont know the democracy, and freedom of choice. Go take a nap or fly a kite or suck a lemon. You dont belong to Egyptian people. The constitution does not get rewritten, it could be amended. You ideal US constitution is derived from Quran, but not to its entirey, but mostly. The US constitution architect Jefferson had a Quran. Otherwise all of a sudden after cenyuries the Christian US came up document resembling the beauty of Quarnic injunctions, jurisprudence.
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Zack, U.S.
01-12-2012 11:07pm
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Judges can not boycott referendum or refuse to do their jobs
In the U.S., just like in any European democracy, NO government employee (judges included) can refuse to do their daily jobs and tasks as described and mandated by their position's description, for personal or political reasons. If they do refuse to do their job, they can be rightly fired for insubordination and negligence. Any judge who refuses to carry on his/her task in the referendum on the Draft Constitution should be fired and replaced. President Reagan fired ALL Air Traffic Controllers when they went on strike and tried to blackmail the government and the country. Judges have no legal or moral right to say I do not agree with a draft constitution referendum, therefore I will not do my job. That is unacceptable blackmail and insubordination. Such corrupt judges MUST be fired and replaced immediately, never to be hired again by the government in any position of authority. That is how Western democracies function.
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americanvoice
01-12-2012 09:32pm
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well done mursi
Mursi should be declared as the best president of Egypt after the birth of this country. hats off to you sir
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