18 January 2014

Egypt: New Egypt Constitution Passes By 98.1 Percent

Cairo — Egypt's Supreme Judicial Committee for Elections announced the final results of last week's constitutional referendum in a press conference on Saturday, with the majority of voters approving the new constitution.

A sweeping 98.1 percent voted "yes" for the new constitution last week, in a referendum seen by the interim government and the majority of Egyptians as a stepping stone towards democracy, but by Islamists and some activists, who boycotted it, as illegitimate.

The committee said in this evening's press conference that 38.6 percent of Egypt's eligible voter population participated in the referendum.

The amended constitution will replace another written by an Islamist-led assembly under the Mohamed Mursi administration in 2012.

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

A Reuters report said earlier on Saturday that the interim president will call for presidential elections later today.

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who gained wide popularity after ousting president Mursi, is expected to win the race if he ran.

Sisi, who was hired by Mursi, is yet to announce whether he will run this year's presidential race.

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