Egyptian judges’ body urges referendum boycott

An influential body representing Egyptian judges will urge its members not to supervise a 15 December referendum on a draft constitution, said a source in the organization, in a blow to President Mohamed Morsy.

The source said the decision over the referendum was made at a Judges' Club board meeting in Cairo on Sunday. Club decisions are not binding on its members.

The club had voiced strong condemnation of a 22 November decree issued by Morsy that expanded the president's powers and shielded them from judicial review.

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