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Historic vote in Egypt

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Historic vote in Egypt


Egyptians have been voting in a referendum on constitutional amendments that the military rulers hope will lead to elections within six months.

A high turnout is expected for what is in effect the first truly democratic vote in living memory.

The poll has divided the country between those who are calling for a complete overhaul of the constitution, and those who think the amendments will suffice.

One of the voters today was the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, who is believed to think the amendments don’t go far enough.

After ruling for 30 years, Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, stood down in February, after 18 days of popular protests, mainly centred around Tahrir Square in central Cairo.

The square became a symbol of popular uprising and led to similar protests in several other Arab nations, some of which are still going on.

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