Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Govt to Strictly Confront Violations in Referendum - Prime Minister

Egyptians have voted in the first round of a referendum on the country's draft constitution. The vote will be broken up over two rounds, with the ... ( Resource: Polls Close in Egypt Constitution Referendum

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has said that the government will use strict measures to face violations in the constitutional referendum that began Saturday morning.

The Prime Minister insisted that the cabinet is keen on allowing all citizens to express their views "freely and democratically."

He insisted that the cabinet will not take sides and that democracy is guaranteed for all - whether they wish to vote for or against the draft constitution.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. on Saturday in the first round of the constitutional referendum while the second round will take place on December 22.

The referendum comes at a time where tension is high in Egyptian streets over the draft constitution that was written by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

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