ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Violence erupted between Egypt's divided camps on Friday, the eve of the final round of a referendum on a constitution that has polarized the nation, as Islamists and their opponents pelted each other with stones while police fired tear gas in the streets of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
The draft constitution, which would bring a greater implementation of Islamic law to Egypt, is expected to be approved Saturday. The first round of voting took place Dec. 15 in 10 of Egypt's 27 provinces. Turnout was put at 32 percent. The remaining provinces vote Saturday.
The new clashes - in which opponents of Islamists set fire to cars and dozens of people were hurt - illustrated how the new charter is unlikely to ease the violent conflict over the country's future. For a month, Egypt has been torn between Islamists and their opponents, who accuse President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood of trying to unilaterally impose their will on the country.