Egypt sets January 14-15 for constitution referendum

Photo: Egypt sets January 14-15 for constitution referendum / Arabic region

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour announced on Saturday that a referendum on a draft constitution will be held on January 14-15, marking the first major step in the country's military-backed political transition, dpa reported.

"This constitution confirms to the world that Egypt is moving on the right path," Mansour said at a televised ceremony.

He called on Egyptians to turn out in large numbers.

The charter, drafted by a mostly secular panel, is devoid of the Islamist references that marked a disputed constitution adopted last year, when the now-toppled president Mohammed Morsi was in office.

Mansour took office after the army deposed Morsi in July, following massive street protests against his one-year rule.

Follow us on Twitter @TRENDNewsAgency