Washington: Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi called on Saturday for a referendum in two weeks on a disputed draft constitution.
Mursi set the date as December 15 in a nationally televised speech to the Islamist-led assembly that hurriedly approved the draft charter amid widening opposition from secular and Christian groups.
“After receiving this draft constitution, and out of keenness to build the nation`s institutions without delay or stalling, I will issue today the call for a public referendum on this draft charter on Saturday, Dec. 15,” Fox news quoted Mursi, as saying.
“I pray to God and hope that it will be a new day of democracy in Egypt," he added.
Egypt’s Constitutional Court was due to rule Sunday on whether to dissolve the panel, the report said.