Friday, January 17, 2014

Egyptian Voters Overwhelmingly back New Constitution

A majority of Egyptians who voted on a new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said Thursday. 
The official told The Associated Press that unofficial results, after most of the ballots have been counted, indicate that more than 90 percent of the voters have said "yes" to the constitution.
He declined to give an estimate on the final turnout and spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. 
According to Reuters, Al-Ahram, the state's flagship newspaper, said the constitution was approved by an "unprecedented majority," citing early results.
The vote held Tuesday and Wednesday is a milestone for Egypt's interim government, installed by the military after the ouster last July of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. 
A decree is expected within days, setting the date for presidential and parliamentary elections, Reuters reported, citing Al-Ahram. The official result is expected to be announced on Saturday.
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