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    Egypt constitutional referendum


    by PressTV

    Egypt prepares to hold a two-day referendum on a new constitution drafted by the military-installed government.

    This comes more than six months after the overthrow of the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

    The January 14 and 15 referendum has been seen as a litmus test for the army-backed government despite its ongoing violent crackdown on opposition groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Security has also been tightened across the country ahead of the vote with the Interior Ministry deploying some 160,000 soldiers and 200,000 police officers in the streets, as well as snipers at polling stations.

    The military-installed government has also blocked off select provinces that have been the scene of violence in recent weeks.

    The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, which have been leading protests demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, have already said that it will boycott the "illegitimate" vote and are planning protests during the next two days.

    Once the referendum is approved, presidential and parliamentary elections will be held sometime in the middle of this year.

    In this edition of the show we ask: will the referendum bring stability? Or will it bring more violence as the country remains divided after Morsi's ouster?