Egypt said on Saturday a referendum on a new draft constitution would be held next month, the first step towards elected rule in a country deeply polarised after President Mohamed Morsy’s ouster.“I call upon you to vote in a referendum on the revised draft constitution on January 14 and 15,” interim President Adly Mansour said in a speech to the nation, flanked by high-ranking officials and those who drafted the new charter.

The constitutional referendum is to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections in mid-2014, according to a transition road map outlined by the new military-installed authorities.

The new constitution was drafted by a 50-member panel after the interim authorities suspended the previous version. — AFP