Egypt’s controversial new constitution, drawn up by an Islamist dominated parliament, has been approved in a referendum according to rival groups.
The Muslim Brotherhood of President Mohamed Mursi claimed 64 per cent voted for, though in the papers there are claims of widespread fraud.
The issue has revealed deep rifts in Egypt almost two years after the overthrow of the strongarm leader Hosni Mubarak
“We won’t recognise the constitution nor the constitutional bodies because they have a false basis,” said one voter in Cairo.
A woman voter, Laila, said: “The results were forged. 70 percent of the Egyptian people are ignorant and illiterate, and the 70 percent now control 30 percent of the population who are educated.”
The opposition feel that the President and his backers are foisting an Islamist agenda on Egypt.
There has been violence. At least eight people have died in clashes outside the presidential palace.
The vote was split over two days because many judges refused to supervise. One prominent judge, Mahmoud Mekky resigned as Egypt’s vice-president.