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Opposing sides in Egypt's political crisis were staging rival rallies on Friday, the final day before voting starts on a contentious draft constitution that has plunged the country into turmoil and deeply divided the nation.
Daniel Pipes should be congratulated for his clear exposition of the desirability of a dictator over a radical Islamist in the Middle East and in particular, Egypt ("Islamists are worse than dictators," Commentary, Tuesday). While Hosni Mubarak, Mohammed Morsi's predecessor, was a dictator, he was a pragmatic president sensitive to international opinion and aid from the United States. Though Mr. Mubarak was certainly not liberal, under him, the Coptic Christian population was protected from militant Islamists, and the military was able to act as a counterbalance in extreme cases.
Former President Jimmy Carter's center said Thursday it will not deploy monitors for Egypt's constitutional referendum amid deepening polarization over the process of adopting a document to guide how the country is to be governed following its 2011 revolution.
Egypt's main opposition alliance called for a "no" vote in Saturday's referendum on a disputed constitution rather than a boycott, hours after President Mohammed Morsi's Islamist-led government forged ahead by starting overseas voting in diplomatic missions for expatriates.
Egypt's opposition alliance urged supporters on Wednesday to vote "no" in the referendum on a disputed constitution rather than boycotting it, hours after the Islamist government forged ahead by starting overseas voting in diplomatic missions for expatriates.
Masked gunmen attacked opposition protesters camped out at Cairo's Tahrir Square early on Tuesday, firing birdshot at them and wounding nine people, security officials said.
Egypt's judges Tuesday said that most of them would not oversee a nationwide referendum on a contentious draft constitution, as tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of the country's Islamist president staged rival rallies in Cairo, four days ahead of the vote.
Tens of thousands of backers and foes of Egypt's Islamist president took to the streets in competing demonstrations Tuesday, as divisions over a draft constitution that is set for a referendum Saturday spilled into violence for the second time in two weeks.
The military's role in post-revolutionary Egypt is being scrutinized as backers and foes of the country's Islamist president are organizing massive rallies for Tuesday.