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Egypt resignations rock Morsi's gov't
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
Egypt's president-elect, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, tries to earn points as a moderate by picking a Christian and a woman to serve as vice presidents.
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string of resignations rocked the government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday, as tanks took up position outside his palace after a night of fighting left six dead and 450 wounded. Morsi's Islamist supporters clashed with critics who say Morsi orchestrated a power grab last month to push through a draft of the constitution that was written by his fellow Islamists. A referendum on the draft constitution remains scheduled for Dec. 15. Zaghoul el-Balshi, the new general secretary of the commission overseeing the planned referendum, said in a television interview Wednesday night that he was quitting. "I will not participate in a referendum that spilled Egyptian blood," he said. His resignation was followed on Thursday by those of the director of state broadcasting and Rafik Habib, a Christian who was the vice president of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the party's favorite example of its commitment to tolerance and pluralism. Morsi insists that his critics will have a chance to voice their thoughts on the draft once the referendum takes place.

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