Egypt anti-coup protests to mark Jan. 25 revolution

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy asserted that the referendum on an amended version of Egypt's 2012 constitution had failed.

Egypt anti-coup protests to mark Jan. 25 revolution

World Bulletin / News Desk

The anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Thursday called for a fresh series of protests in the run-up to the third anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, which ousted long-serving president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

"Let's rekindle our days of rage," the alliance, which supports ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi, declared in a statement.

"We must maintain the January 25 Revolution and allow the will of the Egyptian people to take its worthy place," it added.

The alliance went on to assert that a two-day referendum on an amended version of Egypt's 2012 constitution – voting for which wrapped up on Wednesday – had "failed spectacularly."

The alliance, which is made up of several Islamist parties and anti-coup groups, had called on supporters to boycott the poll.

The group went on to congratulate supporters for the "success" of the boycott campaign, which it described as "historic."

"Let them hold a new referendum every day – they'll never be able to change anything on the ground with these polls," the alliance asserted.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which the ousted president hails, said the adoption of the new constitution would pave the way for the downfall of Egypt's army-backed interim authorities.

The group went on to point out that the committee that drafted Egypt's 2012 constitution – which was suspended by the army upon Morsi's ouster – had been an elected one, unlike the committee appointed to amend the charter.

Egypt's interim government sees the just-concluded constitutional poll as an important step towards the implementation of a transitional roadmap imposed by the military following Morsi's July 3 ouster.

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