Brotherhood and allies plan big rally in Egypt's second city

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and allies are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday.

Brotherhood and allies plan big rally in Egypt's second city

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and allies are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for the rally after a violent confrontation between Islamists and the liberal, secular opposition in Egypt's second city last week ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours. Rival factions were armed with clubs, knives and swords.

The constitution is backed by President Mohamed Mursi and his allies as a vital step in Egypt's transition to democracy almost two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

The opposition, facing defeat in the referendum, has called for a "no" vote against a document it views as leaning too far towards Islamism.

The first day of voting on Dec. 15 resulted in a 57 percent majority in favour of the constitution. The second stage on Saturday is expected to produce another "yes" vote as it covers regions seen as more conservative and likely to back Mursi.

The National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition, said a "no" vote meant taking a stand against attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood, Mursi's political base, to dominate Egypt.

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