Egypt's anti-coup alliance calls for Sunday protests

The alliance called in a statement on Egyptians to mark this occasion through what it described as "revolutionary activities."

Egypt's anti-coup alliance calls for Sunday protests

World Bulletin / News Desk

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has called on Egyptians to stage Sunday protests to mark the first anniversary of the handing of the draft of the now-suspended constitution to ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The alliance called in a statement on Egyptians to mark this occasion through what it described as "revolutionary activities."

The invitation came one day after a 50-member committee amending the 2012 charter started voting on the final draft before putting in to a national referendum. The vote is expected to be finalized on Sunday.

The amendment of Egypt's 2012 constitution is a main component of a "roadmap" for political transition that was imposed by the military following Morsi's July 3 ouster – a move likened by Morsi backers to a military coup against an elected leader.

The alliance said the protests would be held under the banner of "the coup plotters' charter is illegitimate … We will bring our constitution back".

The alliance, which is made of several pro-democracy movements and Islamist parties, described Egypt's new draft constitution as a "dark" one that was made to undo the January 25 revolution which toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

It also slammed as "absurd" the voting on the draft by the 50 members of the constitution-amending panel.

On December 1, 2012, head of the then constituent assembly Hossam al-Gheriany delivered a finalized draft of Egypt's constitution to Morsi, who, for his part, called on Egyptians to head to polling stations two weeks later to cast their votes on the charter.

The 2012 constitution was approved by some 63% of voters.

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