Moussa demands postponing referendum by two months

Congress Party head Amr Moussa called for the postponement of the constitution referendum by two months, reaffirming his commitment to the position of the National Salvation Front, to cancel or postpone the referendum.

State-run news agency MENA quoted Moussa as saying, “postponing the referendum for two months will solve many problems, since it will allow for the reconsideration of the articles in the draft that are still points of contention. It will also allow time for different social actors to study and submit proposals."

Moussa explained that the draft constitution includes, “articles that are open to multiple interpretation with regard to freedoms, the state obligations toward its citizens with the right not to be discriminated against among them."

"All these questions need to be reviewed and therefore we need time,” he said.

Moussa noted that should the referendum go ahead as scheduled, on the condition of the agreement of the judiciary to supervise it, he will call on citizens to vote rejecting the draft constitution.

The National Salvation Front said in a statement Tuesday that it would announce its final position on the constitutional referendum in a press conference Wednesday morning.

Edited translation from MENA

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