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Majority of Egyptians vote for constitution - claim

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Majority of Egyptians vote for constitution - claim


Counting is now underway after the second and final round of referendum voting to decide on a controversial constitution for Egypt.

It is claimed 71 percent of Egyptians who voted have back the Islamist-drafted document. This means the constitution has been approved by a total of 64 percent over both rounds.

The weeks leading up to the referendum have been marred by violence and social unrest. Nationwide, around 250,000 security personnel were deployed to maintain order.

it was expected that the second round of voting would see an even lower turnout than the first round, which drew only 32 percent participation.

The official result of the referendum is due on Monday or Tuesday.

Our correspondent says a low turnout in the second round of voting in the referendum could suggest that Egyptians have accepted it as a fait accompli.

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