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Egypt opposition to appeal vote passing new constitution

Published on Dec 24, 2012 6:09 AM
 
Egyptian polling station officials count ballots following the second round of a referendum on a new draft constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, on Dec 23, 2012. Egypt's opposition said it will appeal a referendum that voted in a new constitution backed by ruling Islamists, vowing to keep up a struggle that has spawned weeks of protests and damaging instability. -- PHOTO : AFP 

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's opposition said on Sunday it will appeal a referendum seen as voting in a new constitution backed by ruling Islamists, and vowed to keep up a struggle that has spawned weeks of protests and instability.

Polling "fraud and violations" skewed the results of the two-stage referendum, the final leg of which was held on Saturday, the National Salvation Front charged.

"We are asking the (electoral) commission to investigate the irregularities before announcing official results," a Front member, Amr Hamzawy, told a Cairo news conference.

"The referendum is not the end of the road. It is only one battle," said another member, Abdel Ghaffar Shokr, reading from a Front statement. "We will continue the fight for the Egyptian people."

 
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