Egyptians Favor New Constitution

But another round of voting comes next Saturday

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 16, 2012 2:58 PM CST

(Newser) – Officials from Egypt's Islamist and liberal movements agree on one thing: Voters narrowly approved the nation's Islamist constitution yesterday on the first of two voting days, reports Reuters. "The referendum was 56.5% for the 'yes' vote," said a top official in the Muslim Brotherhood's party. The opposition had predicted a "no" vote late last night, but changed its tune today after a surprisingly strong "yes" in Alexandria. "I think we lost," said an opposition official. The second round of voting will come next Saturday, with official results to follow.

An Egyptian referendum official counts votes at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, late Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian men line up outside a polling station to cast their votes during a referendum on a disputed constitution in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A veiled Egyptian woman shows an in-stained finger after voting in a referendum on a disputed constitution in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)
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