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Call for Egypt reform referendum expected this week

Proposed amendments to the Constitution to go before a referendum before the end of March

Ahram Online, Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Egypt's ruling military council is expected within the next week to call a referendum on constitutional amendments drawn up by an independent judicial committee, a member of the committee said on Sunday.

Sobhi Saleh, a leading lawyer and a member of the committee, told Reuters the referendum would happen before the end of March.

The amendments unveiled on Saturday include changes that will open up presidential elections, limit the their term in office and ensure judicial oversight of elections.

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