Dec. 14 - Egyptian voters are split ahead of a vote on the country's constitutional referendum. Lily Grimes reports.
It has been a tumultuous two years since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising based here in Tahrir Square. Now, new President Mohamed Mursi is urging Egyptians to vote in a constitutional referendum on December 15 and 22. He hopes to complete the transition to democracy but the draft constitution has polarised the nation. The Muslim Brotherhood rallied tens of thousands in support of Mursi last week. But opponents gathered in similar numbers, saying the document is too Islamist and tramples on minority rights. At least seven died and hundreds were injured when the two groups clashed near the presidential palace. Here in Cairo opinions are starkly divided, but there are many who just long for stability. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHOP EMPLOYEE, SAYED MOHAMED DARWISH, SAYING: "I agree with the constitution because I want the country to be safe. The important thing is that the country is safe and people are comfortable, the country's stability is above all." This week a vital International Monetary Fund loan was postponed as the political crisis deepens Egypt's ongoing economic troubles.