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Egypt's interim prime minister on Dec. 3, 2013, urged Egyptians to vote in the upcoming referendum on the revised constitution, a step he described as a milestone in the country's path toward democracy.
Two secular-leaning panels spent three months rewriting Egypt's 2012 constitution, drafted by an Islamist-led panel and suspended after the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in a popularly-backed military coup in July 2013.
The military-backed plan is a crucial test for the post-coup authorities, especially as they face continuing protests by Morsi's supporters and disenchantment from within the circles of pro-democracy advocates and liberal allies of the interim government over heavy-handed crackdowns on dissent. - AP