Egypt vice-president resigns on final day of referendum
[BBC.CO.UK] Egypt's vice-president has announced his resignation, on the day the country completed its voting in a controversial referendum on a draft constitution.

Mahmoud Mekki, a former judge who was appointed vice-president in August, said the "nature of politics" did not suit his professional background.

Polls have now closed in the second leg of the referendum, which is widely expected to approve the draft.

a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
opponents say this will not end the country's unrest.

They say the constitution favours Islamists and betrays the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
last year.

President Mohammed Morsi and his supporters say the document will secure democracy.

Late on Saturday, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
announced that the central bank governor, Farouq al-Uqdah, had also resigned from his post. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
a cabinet official later denied the report.

November decree
Mr Mekki announced his resignation just hours before the end of voting in the second round of the referendum.

He said, in a statement read on television: "I realised a while ago that the nature of politics does not suit my professional background as a judge."

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-23