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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:24 PM

 

Egypt's constitution approved in vote, say rival camps

Source: Reuters

CAIRO - A constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly was approved by a majority of Egyptians in a referendum, rival camps said on Sunday, after a vote the opposition said drove a wedge through the Arab world's most populous nation.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which propelled President Mohamed Mursi to power in a June election, said 64 percent of voters backed the charter after two rounds of voting that ended with a final ballot on Saturday. It cited an unofficial tally.

An opposition official also told Reuters their unofficial count showed the result was a "yes" vote.

The referendum committee may not declare official results for the two rounds until Monday, after hearing appeals. If the outcome is confirmed, a parliamentary election will follow in about two months.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/23/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8BL03X20121223

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UnrepentantLiberal Dec 2012 OP
David__77 Dec 2012 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Dec 2012 #2
pampango Dec 2012 #3
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #4

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:39 AM

1. That's not surprising if true.

MB has the most support. The second round was in areas with little secular political presence. It looks like the opposition coup attempt is failing.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:45 AM

2. They're tired of being controlled by the West.

 

I can't say as I blame them.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:58 AM

3. A defeat for Egyptian liberal, secular activists

but the fight was never going to be won in a day. Most revolutions go through stages.

Egyptians have removed a pro-western dictator relatively peacefully and have a more representative government than ever before.

The battle for liberal government (there or here) is not over but it never is. Conservative forces insure that.

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Response to pampango (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:24 AM

4. if it's the same constitutional draft I saw posted a few weeks ago...

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egypt-s-draft-constitution-translated

then it's hardly some whack-a-doodle nutjob far-right body of law. We're looking at a constitution that's more progressive than Turkey's - and in some respects more than our own.

it's a huge step up from "Whatever Mubarak says, goes"

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