Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council announced on Monday (December 3rd) they would delegate judicial officers to oversee a referendum on the draft constitution, overriding calls for a boycott by the opposition.
Protests renewed last week when President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree expanding his powers and rushed through the adoption of a draft constitution that is rejected by many in the opposition.
Eleven independent and opposition party newspapers declared they will not go to print on Tuesday, as the opposition called a new protest rally on the same day.
Judges angry at President Morsi's decree, which puts his decisions beyond the review of the courts, also began an open-ended strike on Monday.
The Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) announced it will suspend its work indefinitely due to "psychological and material pressure" following a protest by President Morsi supporters, which judges said prevented them from delivering a key ruling that might have dissolved the panel that drafted the charter.
The same court had previously disbanded the parliament.