CAIRO (AP) — Anger against Egypt's Islamist president is once again on display in the streets of Cairo, where huge crowds have been denouncing a draft constitution that was approved overnight by allies of President Mohammed Morsi.
The move escalated the unrest over Morsi's decision last week to grant himself sweeping new powers and neutralize the country's courts.
The crowds appeared comparable in size to the more than 200,000 anti-Morsi protesters who gathered on Tuesday.
A nationwide referendum on the proposed constitution will likely come in mid-December. But opponents appear determined to launch a street campaign aimed at blocking the document from coming to a vote.
One opposition leader told the crowd in Tahrir (tah-HREER') Square, "The revolution is back."
The draft constitution strengthens provisions that set Islamic law as the basis of legislation. And it gives clerics a role in making sure that laws comply with strict Islamic requirements.
At the same time, it gives Egyptians new protections against some abuses of the government that was led by Hosni Mubarak. It contains stronger bans on torture and arbitrary arrest.
157-v-30-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Egypt's Islamist president has won a quick vote on a new Constitution. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (30 Nov 2012)
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159-c-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"likely to continue"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports many Egyptians are upset over the proposed new Constitutuion. (30 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO NM102: Egyptians chant slogans during a demonstration in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Liberal and secular parties held major protests against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's latest decrees granting himself almost complete powers. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) (30 Nov 2012)
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