Tuesday 26 September 2017

Three deaths mark Egypt's first day at polls

Egyptian military soldiers patrol streets during the country's constitutional referendum near a polling station in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt
Egyptian military soldiers patrol streets during the country's constitutional referendum near a polling station in Dalga, Minya province, Egypt
A woman casts her vote at a polling centre during a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo
Women queue outside a polling centre to vote in a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo
A woman casts her vote at a polling centre during a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo

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.

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