msnbc | December 01, 2012
>> dylan, thank you so much.
>>> moral h tens of thousands of supporters of president morsi took to the streets rallying support for their leader and the new constitution. opponents are in tahrir square. jim with a good evening your time have there been any clashes between the two sides today?
>> reporter: very few. there were some clashes in alexandria between pro and anti -- morsi groups. because the security forces anticipated that because there were a lot of clashes yesterday up in the north there. it was pretty minimal. this was a day, a crucial day as you know for president morsi and his muslim brotherhood supporters. they needed a big turnout, a huge crowd at that rally to kind of stem the momentum of the opposition which we've seen now draw hundreds of thousands of secular, moderate, leftist, liberal egyptians filling that tahrir square on a couple of occasions this past week. but today belonged to morsi supporters, really. that show of support was big. at least the tens of thousands if not 100,000 outside cairo university . it had more of a feel of a political rally with people waving flags , carrying banners, chanting slogans. again there were some slashes but it was overall a peaceful day. the muslim brotherhood is must more focused on politics than on protests. it wants to ratify that new draft constitution as quickly as possible. of course the opposition says it's invalid because it was rushed through a committee. it's biassed says the opposition towards islamists. morsi receives a draft or just received a draft in fact minutes ago of the constitution in a ceremony this evening and in the days ahead he's likely to announce a nation-wide referendum as early as mid december. alex?
>> so with all of this seemingly an fait accompli what does the opposition do now, jim?
>> >> reporter: the opposition which has never been a united force, it's now kind of created a format, a group called the national salvation front . they say they plan more massive protests, a general strike next week. even some are talking about a march on the presidential palace . and some protesters tell us they will topple morsi. if they do that, that's very unlikely. the opposition leader , like nobel peace prize laureate mohammad al beredi said they want strictly peaceful civil disobedience . but it's stuck between a rock and a hard place . if opposition comes out and boycotts the referendum it risks being left out. if it organizes a no vote and loses it will be severely weakened. even if the opposition wins and egyptians reject this draft constitution, morsi can start the process all over again and stay in power another five or six months. the bottom line is that morsi and the muslim brotherhood are holding most of the cards here.
>> thank you very much from