The vote has ended, but the controversy and the national divide live on. Although two-thirds of Egyptians who voted chose to endorse the controversial constitution, the 33 percent turnout was the worst in any key vote since the revolution in 2011. The opposition feels emboldened by that, saying it backs their arguments against the legitimacy of the constitution and goes to show that the majority of Egyptians were not happy with it.
There are two evidently opportunistic events that have come together to signal a dreadful attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to claim the entirety of the Egyptian revolution for themselves, pretty much on the same model that the Shia clerics hijacked the Iranian revolution of 1977-1979 - with the crucial difference that Egyptians in their tens of thousands have poured into their streets and are far more alert and vigilant to protect the totality of their revolution than Iranians were more than thirty years ago.
Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's plans to proceed with a referendum on a draft constitution have vowed to take to the streets in Cairo, risking more violent confrontation after last week's deadly clashes.
A major Egyptian opposition group has said that President Mohamed Morsi's decision only to rescind a decree that gave him sweeping powers and not scrap a referendum on a controversial draft constitution has "fallen short of expectations" required to defuse tensions in the country
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a Cairo news conference. A referendum on a draft constitution would, however, still go ahead as planned on December 15, said Selim al-Awa, an official acting as spokesman of a meeting Morsi held earlier on Saturday with other political leaders.
President Mohammed Morsi has said Egypt's new draft constitution will be put to a referendum on 15 December. He made the announcement before the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, which rushed to approve the document earlier in the week. Both the draft constitution and a recent decree giving Mr Morsi sweeping new powers have prompted widespread protests by opponents of the president.
Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in central Cairo, continuing more than a week of demonstrations against new powers assumed by the president and the drafting of a constitution seen by many as undermining basic freedoms.
Tens of thousands of people are staging a protest in the Egyptian capital against President Mohamed Morsi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. "The people want the regime to fall," the crowds chanted. Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday near Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.
Egypt's president has agreed that only his decisions related to "sovereign matters" would be protected from judicial review, his spokesman has said, indicating he had accepted a judiciary-proposed compromise to try to defuse a crisis
Egypt's main Islamist party has called off a demonstration in Cairo, amid a crisis over the extent of President Mohammed Mursi's powers. The Muslim Brotherhood said it would not hold the protest on Tuesday, as originally planned, "to avoid clashes". Opponents of President Mursi and of the Brotherhood have said they would hold their own protest against a decree giving the president sweeping powers.
Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising.