The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

Egypt approves new constitution drafted by Mursi allies


CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt announced on Tuesday voters had approved overwhelmingly a constitution drafted by President Mohamed Mursi's Islamist allies, and the government imposed currency restrictions to cope with an economic crisis worsened by weeks of unrest.

Final figures from the elections commission showed the constitution was adopted with 63.8 per cent of the vote, giving Islamists their third straight victory at the polls since Mr Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 revolution.

Mursi's Leftist, liberal, secularist and Christian opponents had taken to the streets to block what they argued was a move to ram through a charter that would dangerously mix politics and religion.

The president argues that the new constitution offers sufficient protection for minorities, and adopting it quickly is necessary to end two years of turmoil and political uncertainty that has wrecked the economy.