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Green light for changes to Egyptian constitution

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Green light for changes to Egyptian constitution


There is controversy over the results of a referendum on changes to the Egyptian constitution. The government says just under 76 percent of voters backed the amendments in a ballot yesterday. However, the main opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood, claims the results were made up.

The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights also said voter turnout was only about five percent, not the 27 percent cited by officials. Critics say the changes to the constitution give the government the means to block the opposition and reduce freedom of expression.

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