An election official stands next to boxes containing voting slips for a referendum on the new constitution in Cairo January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
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A political party led by a prominent Egyptian Islamist said Monday it would boycott this week's referendum on the country's new constitution to protest the arrests of people campaigning against it.The charter had been drafted in 2012 by an Islamist-dominated panel under Morsi, but was suspended after the coup and heavily amended by two panels under the interim government.The Jan. 14-15 vote provides the country's increasingly popular military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, with a first electoral test since he ousted Morsi. A comfortable "yes" vote and a respectable turnout would be seen as bestowing legitimacy, while undermining the Islamists' argument that Morsi remains the nation's elected president.
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