In 2014 Egypt is planning a referendum on a new constitution, as well as presidential and parliamentary elections, as part of a campaign to legitimize the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government under former President Muhammad Mursi (whose trial on charges of incitement to murder was postponed until 1 February on 8 January).

This electoral schedule is also intended to challenge the authority of the Brotherhood, which is planning to continue its active opposition to the new military-backed government. The Brotherhood – which the government has now declared to be a terrorist organization as a result of attacks on the armed forces, the police and public buildings – has called on its supporters to boycott the 14 January referendum, while the government is hoping for a major vote in favor of the new constitution. (CONTINUED - 725 WORDS)