Muslim Brotherhood: Egyptians Approve New Constitution

Sunday, December 23, 2012

CAIRO ”” Unofficial results of Egypt’s two-round constitutional referendum appear to indicate that the controversial document won overall approval by a majority of 64 percent. Many opposition figures, however, allege the vote was tainted by fraud.

Several Egyptians argued angrily at a private club in Cairo over the unofficial results of the two-round constitutional referendum, which appears to have gone to approval by about a two-thirds majority. Egypt’s election commission is due to announce official results on Monday.

The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood reported on its website that in Saturday’s second and final round of polling, 71 percent of those voting approved the document, while 29 percent opposed it. In the first round on December 15, 56 percent of voters approved the draft constitution.

The opposition National Salvation Front insisted Sunday that the voting was tainted by fraud. The group has agreed, however, to participate in parliamentary elections due to take place in several months.

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