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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-16-12 04:50 AM
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Egypt Islamists claim majority in vote on charter
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Dec 16, 3:25 AM EST

Egypt Islamists claim majority in vote on charter

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says a narrow majority of those who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document.

An official tweet by the Brotherhood early Sunday said the group's tallies show nearly 57 percent of voters said "yes" to the disputed charter, while about 43 percent voted `no.' The vote was held a day earlier in 10 of the country's 27 provinces. Voting in the remaining provinces will be held Dec. 22.

The Brotherhood, from which President Mohammed Morsi hails, has in the past accurately predicted election results.

It says some 32 percent of over 26 million registered voters participated in Saturday's poll. Egypt's remaining 25 million voters, mostly from conservative rural regions, cast ballots next week.

Such a low turnout for the first Constitution of Egypt as a democracy? When people have been rioting in the streets of Cairo over it for weeks? Strains credulity.

I wonder who counted the votes.

Our Founders were so incredibly smart and prescient to keep religion and religious tests clear out of the Constitution and our more modern leaders have been so foolish to pretend that religion and government are supposed to go hand in hand.

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