14 January 2014

Egypt's Constitutional Referendum Begins

Egyptian officials say preliminary results indicate voters have endorsed the nation's military-backed constitution. But the divisive referendum has ... ( Resource: Egypt Approves New Constitution After Dozen More Dead )

Egyptians will vote on a draft constitution on Tuesday and Wednesday in a referendum seen by the interim government as a stepping stone towards democracy, but by Islamists, who will boycott it, as illegitimate.

A 50-member assembly, chaired by politician Amr Moussa, wrote this new constitution to replace another written by an Islamist-led assembly under the Mohamed Mursi administration and suspended by the army in July.

The army ousted Mursi in July in response to mass demonstrations against his rule, suspended his constitution and called for early parliamentary and presidential elections.

Egypt's army has promised intense security of the two-day voting process, in cooperation with the police.

Parliamentary and presidential elections are expected to kick off after the referendum, but in which order they will be conducted is yet to be decided.

Egyptians living abroad finished casting their votes on January 12.

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