A leading member of Egypt's main opposition coalition has said that President Mohamed Morsi's decision to press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution was "shocking" and would deepen a political crisis.
"It is making things a lot worse," Ahmed Said, member of the National Salvation Front coalition and head of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, told Reuters. "I cannot imagine that after all this they want to pass a constitution that does not represent all Egyptians."
He said the Front would meet later to make a formal response to Morsi's decision to scrap a decree that sparked deadly violence but stick to a referendum date of 15th Decemeber on a constitution that was drawn up by an Islamist-led drafting assembly.
Rival political rallies are being held in Cairo, as Egypt's president prepares to attend 'unity talks' tomorrow.
In renouncing emergency powers he deemed essential just two weeks ago, Mohamed Morsi is trying to undo some of the damage he has inflicted.