Tuesday 24 October 2017

Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution - official results

An Egyptian army soldier stands guard as officials count ballots after polls closed
An Egyptian army soldier stands guard as officials count ballots after polls closed

More than 98 percent of Egyptians backed a new constitution in a referendum, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had predicted, with just over a third of the electorate taking part.

The vote advances a transition plan the military-backed government unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July following mass unrest over his rule.

Voters supported the constitution by 98.1 percent, said the head of the supreme election committee, Nabil Salib. A total of 38.6 percent of eligible voters took part, he told reporters.

An Interior Ministry official had said on Thursday the turnout appeared to be more than 55 percent in what was the first vote since Mursi's overthrow.

Reuters

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