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US calls on Egypt's Mursi to 'bridge divisions'

Published on Dec 26, 2012 6:04 AM
Policemen stand guard near a poster outside the constitutional court put up by supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi as they stage a sit-in, in Cairo Dec 23, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday called on Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi to work to "bridge divisions," after Egyptian officials confirmed voters backed a controversial Islamist-backed constitution.

"The future of Egypt's democracy depends on forging a broader consensus behind its new democratic rules and institutions," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement.

"President Mursi... has a special responsibility to move forward in a way that recognises the urgent need to bridge divisions, build trust, and broaden support for the political process."

Earlier Tuesday, Egypt's electoral commission confirmed that 64 per cent of voters had backed the constitution in the two-stage referendum that ended at the weekend - a process the opposition said was marred by fraud.

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