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Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution

Supporters of Egypt's army chief and defense minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold up posters of Sisi as they celebrate the passing of a new constitution at Tahrir Square in Cairo January 18, 2014. More than 98 percent of voters backed the new Egyptian constitution in a referendum this week, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had indicated, with under 40 percent of the electorate taking part. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution

Yahoo NewsJanuary 14, 2014

Voters overwhelmingly supported Egypt's military-backed constitution in a two-day election, with 98.1 percent supporting it in the first vote since a coup toppled the country's president, the election commission said Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

The election was seen as key to legitimizing its military-backed interim government and wasn't a surprise, as authorities lobbied the public extensively to support it. But the turnout, only slightly higher than a referendum last year sponsored by the government of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, suggests a nation that is still deeply divided. (AP)


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