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Judges investigate Egyptian vote fraud claims

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In Egypt, judges are looking into allegations from the opposition that a referendum on the country’s controversial new constitution was riddled with fraud.

President Mohamed Mursi’s islamist allies have claimed the vote approved the constitution by 64 per cent.

The opposition, who are still mounting protests, do not dispute the figure, but claim it was arrived at through a litany of irregularities.

Less than a third of eligible voters turned out.

The dissident voices might be peaceful now, but the issue has provoked violence. At least eight people have died in clashes outside the presidential palace in recent weeks.

Opponents believe the new constitution is too islamist and leaves large parts of the population without basic rights or protection.

If the ‘yes’ vote is confirmed, there will be a parliamentary election in a couple of months, two years after the strongarm leader Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.