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Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Tensions Rise in Egypt Ahead of Referendum

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have taken to the street since President Mohamed Morsi declared himself above judicial oversight last month. Mr. Morsi backtracked on the decree, but he’s sticking to a December 15 referendum on a controversial constitution. As clashes that have left at least seven dead continue to erupt, opposition to Morsi is only growing stronger. In a report from Cairo for Democracy Now!, Nation Institute fellow Sharif Abdel Kouddous notes, “There’s tens of thousands of protesters that have gathered here that are calling now on the president, Mohamed Morsi, to leave. No longer is the call for it to him to reverse his decree.”

—Steven Hsieh

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