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Egyptians vote on Constitution as bomb explodes outside Cairo court

Published on Jan 14, 2014 4:37 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptians were voting on a new Constitution on Tuesday amid high security in a referendum likely to prompt a presidential bid by the army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

The military-installed government implored voters to turn out en masse to ratify the constitution, with the country's lingering polarisation underscored by the explosion of a small bomb in Cairo that caused no injuries.

An Islamist coalition led by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has called for a boycott and "civilised peaceful protests" during the two days of polling, and the Interior Ministry has pledged to confront attempts to disrupt voting.

Defence minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who overthrew Mursi in July, visited a polling station at a north Cairo school after voting began to survey the security preparations.

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