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Friday 18 April 2014

Deaths mark Egypt's day at polls

The two-day balloting is widely seen as a referendum on a likely presidential run by Egypt's top general (AP)

Clashes between police and protesters loyal to Egypt's ousted president have killed three people on the first day of a key vote on the country's new charter.

Violence in the city of Sohag came hours after Egyptians started voting on the new constitution, which represents a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place since the removal of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi last July.

A massive security operation is underway to prevent Mr Morsi's supporters from disrupting the vote and in anticipation of attacks by Islamic militants.

The officials say police opened fire on about 300 pro-Morsi protesters after the officers came under fire from rooftops during a rally.

Press Association

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