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Egypt adopts Islamist-backed charter in vote: State media

Published on Dec 23, 2012 6:07 PM
An official counts "agree" ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115km south of Cairo Dec 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. --PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt has adopted a new, Islamist-backed Constitution with nearly two-thirds support in a referendum preceded by weeks of sometimes bloody protests, official media said on Sunday.

The secular-leaning opposition, which has alleged fraud, was mulling its next move in its campaign against the text, which it says limits the freedoms of religious minorities and women.

Official results are due on Monday after the second and final round of voting on Saturday.

Unofficial tallies given by state media and by President Mohamed Mursi's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood said 64 per cent of those who voted backed the Constitution.

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