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Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans as one holds up the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt. Opposing sides in Egypt’s political crisis were staging rival rallies on Friday, the final day before voting starts on a contentious draft constitution that has plunged the country into turmoil and deeply divided the nation.

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Tempers rise ahead of vote on Egypt charter

Waving swords and clubs, Islamist supporters of Egypt’s draft constitution clashed with opponents in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Friday as tempers flared on the eve of the referendum on the disputed charter — the country’s worst political crisis since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

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