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Egyptians back constitution amid opposition fear

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Egyptians back constitution amid opposition fear


Initial indications are that Egyptians have given their backing to a controversial new constitution.

The first round of voting in a referendum on the draft document has resulted in 56.5 percent saying yes, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

President Mohammed Mursi hopes it will steer the country out of crisis but opponents have denounced it as an Islamist charter that tramples on minority rights.

A narrow loss could still bolster the disparate opposition. The National Salvation Front, which includes members like Mohammed el Baradei and Amr Moussa, came togther to oppose what they see as a power grab by Morsi.

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