Rivals Protest in Cairo

    A supporter of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood holds a Koran, Islam's holy book, as he shouts slogans during a demonstration in the Nasser City district of Cairo on December 14, 2012. Weeks of protests and violent clashes between rival camps that left eight people dead last week have failed to dissuade Morsi from holding the referendum, which will be staggered over a week.  AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI        (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Rival groups staged dueling rallies in Cairo on Friday, one day before voting is expected to begin on Egypt’s draft Constitution. The National Salvation Front of groups opposed to the Constitution has organized protests in Tahrir Square and outside the presidential palace to encourage voters to vote “no.” They say the Constitution does too much to protect Islamic law and does not focus enough on rights and freedom. The Coalition of Islamist Forces, which is in favor of new Constitution, has arranged a rally in Nasr City. The referendum is scheduled for December 15-22, and one correspondent said that a victory for the opposition is unlikely since the conservative groups “have a stronger mobilization.”

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