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A general view shows protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after they peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. (Reuters)
Hundreds of thousands take to streets in Cairo and cities around Egypt to pressure President Morsi to reverse recent constitutional decree; presidency says he is ready to compromise but sets conditions
Hossam Ali Ahmed, secretary-general of the Ghad El-Thawra Party led by 2005 presidential candidate Ayman Nour, announced on his Twitter account that the presidential office has agreed to postpone the expatriate voting processions on the draft constitution from Saturday 8 December to Wednesday 12 December, which was the party’s condition before accepting negotiations with President Morsi
Head of the Supreme Electoral Commission Samir Abu El-Maati officially confirms that the expatriate voting on the constitution referendum has been postponed from Saturday to Wednesday 12 December, according to Al-Ahram Arabic website.
Egypt's vice-president Mahmoud Mekki read a presidential statement on Friday evening stating that President Mohamed Morsi is ready to postpone the constitution referendum.
However, "the political forces who demand the delay of the referendum must provide guarantees that there will not be appeals [against the delay] in courts," the statement said.
Last year's constitutional declaration, which was issued by then-ruling military council in March 2011 after a similar referendum, stipulates that a referendum on draft constitution must be held within 15 days of the date at which the president receives the draft from a constituent assembly.
The controversial draft constitution was handed to president Morsi by the outgoing constituent assembly on 1 December and the president set a referendum on the draft for 15 December.