The compromise made by Morsi yesterday isn’t enough for the opposition, who disagree that the referendum on a draft constitution that they say doesn’t represent the Egyptian people is still set to go forward:
TELEGRAPH – But opposition groups refused to back down, and held a press conference on Sunday night to denounce both the referendum and Mr Morsi’s repeated constitutional decrees.
“We do not recognise the draft constitution because it does not represent the Egyptian people,” a statement by the opposition coalition National Salvation Front said.
“We reject the referendum which will certainly lead to more division and sedition.”
The compromise was “a continuation of deception in the name of law and legitimacy”, said the April 6 Movement, a left-wing group behind last year’s revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak which is part of the Front.
The Brotherhood is confident it has enough groundswell support to win the referendum, which will be decided on a straight majority.
They believe that the liberals represent a minority view within Egypt as a whole, which is happy to see the emphasis on Islam that runs through parts of the constitutional draft.
“The seculars and liberals are mobilising people to bring down the Islamic state,” Mohammed Bishawi, a long-time Muslim Brotherhood member, said at a counter-rally at the organisation’s headquarters on the outskirts of Cairo.