CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's election committee says 98.1 percent of voters
have approved a new, military-backed constitution in the first vote
since a coup toppled the country's president.
Election Commission said Saturday that 38.6 percent of the country's
more than 53 million eligible voters took part in the two-day poll.
to officials, 20.6 million voters cast ballots, with some 20.3 million
votes counted after eliminating those voided. This is the first vote
since the military removed Egypt's first freely elected president,
Mohammed Morsi, following massive protests in July.
the vote as key in legitimizing the country's military-backed interim
government and its plan for parliamentary and presidential elections.
But Morsi's supporters and his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group
boycotted the vote and have alleged the results were forged. The
Brotherhood has vowed to keep up their near-daily protests.
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