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Egypt approves Constitution by 98.1 percent

Updated: 2014-01-20 07:24
By Agence France-Presse In Cairo ( China Daily)

Egyptian voters have approved a new Constitution by 98.1 percent, the elections chief said on Saturday, in what the government declared a popular endorsement of the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

The result of the Tuesday-Wednesday vote had never been in doubt, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists boycotted it, but the authorities wanted a large turnout in the first democratic test since the ouster in July.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who led the overthrow, had been monitoring the outcome for an indication of support for a possible presidential bid, military officials said.

Egypt approves Constitution by 98.1 percent