Egypt To Hold Referendum on Constitution Next Month

Democracy has been left wanting since Morsi's removal


(Reuters)—A referendum on Egypt's amended constitution will be held in December, the group drafting it said on Tuesday, an important step in an army-backed roadmap meant to lead to elections.

Egypt's democratic credentials have been called into question since the military toppled the country's first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July, following mass protests against his rule.

A committee of 50 members, with few Islamists, began work in September on amending the constitution that was approved in a referendum last year after being drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly.