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New Egyptian constitution gets 90% support amid anti-government clampdown

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New Egyptian constitution gets 90% support amid anti-government clampdown

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The headlines emblazoning Cairo’s papers tell of a new constitution and, potentially, a new president.

Early results indicate 90 percent of those who voted in the constitutional referendum supported the government. That was unsurprising, given the Muslim Brotherhood called for a boycott amid a clamp-down on anti-government dissent.

One man leafing through the morning papers was hoping that they would now hold parliamentary elections in the country. “Then the country will become stable,” he said.

“Whoever runs in the elections, Egyptians will vote for and will become president. We hope we can begin to move forward again and the protests stop.”

A woman out to buy her morning paper said: “We are tired of thugs on the streets, but as a people we are willing to make sacrifices.”

It is widely believed the referendum vote, criticised by one US-based think tank as “flawed and undemocratic”, could pave the way for army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.