Speaking to reporters, ElBaradei said there would be no dialogue unless Morsi rescinded his decrees and shelved the constitution draft. Asked to comment on Mekki’s offer, he said: ‘‘With all due respect, we don’t deal with personal initiatives. If there is a genuine desire for dialogue, the offer must come from President Morsi.’’
The charter has been criticized for not protecting the rights of women and minority groups, and many journalists see it as restricting freedom of expression. Critics also say it empowers Islamic religious clerics by giving them a say over legislation, while some articles were seen as tailored to get rid of the Islamists’ enemies.
If the referendum goes ahead as scheduled and the draft constitution is adopted, elections for parliament’s lawmaking lower chamber will be held in February.
AP reporters Maggie Michael and Sarah El Deeb contributed to this report.