Turnout Low, VP Quits in Egypt Constitution Vote
Vice President Mahmoud Mekki steps down, but it's not clear why
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2012 3:38 PM CST
Amnah Sayyed Moussa, 85, casts her vote for the second round of a referendum on a disputed Islamist constitution in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.    (Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – Egyptians voted today in the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has polarized the nation, with little indication that the expected passage of the charter will end the political crisis in which the country is mired. Voter turnout was low, the Guardian reports, but Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is likely to emerge from a bruising month-long battle with a narrow victory for the constitution he and his Islamist allies sought. Yet he faced bleeding from his administration: Hours before polls closed, Morsi's vice president, Mahmoud Mekki, announced his resignation.

Shortly afterward, state TV reported the resignation of Central Bank Governor Farouq el-Oqdah. But then it carried a denial by the Cabinet that he had stepped down. The administration has been trying to convince el-Oqdah not to quit, at a time when Egypt's pound has been losing value and a crucial deal for a much-needed IMF loan of $4.8 billion has been postponed. Mekki's move was in part expected since the new charter would eliminate the vice presidency post. But Mekki hinted that the hurried departure could be linked to Morsi's policies. Click for more, or see why the opposition says the voting was rigged.

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HANKHILL
Dec 23, 2012 12:36 PM CST
the muzzibrohood! VOTE FOR ME OR DIE! OR BETTER YET DONT VOTE AT ALL! sad very sad no one will be able to get rid of them now! they are stone cold killers who want to kill the infidel and any one else who gets in their way! CALIPH BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA GOT JUST WHAT HE WANTED OUT OF THIS DEAL!!! BHO EVEN SENT THEM 20 OF OUR F-15 FIGHTER JETS TO HELP KEEP THEM IN POWER NOW THAT THEY WON!!!!!! PLUS ABOUT $40BILL OF OUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!! AND NOW HE HAS SENT SHIPS TO HIS FRIENDS IN IRAQ! GUNS TO SYRIAS BAD GUYS AND A LOT OF MONEY TO OTHER ARAB SAVAGES! HE IS GETTING OUR TROOPS KILLED IN THE SAVAGESTANS FOR NOTHING! SOON WE WILL BE OBAMASTAN SAD VERY SAD! FLUSH! MY SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OR NOT IT DONT MATTER TO ME ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!
RAD45
Dec 22, 2012 11:11 PM CST
I would construe the VP's resignation, along with that of the Central Bank Governor and who-knows else, is the Egyptian heirarchy voting with their feet. After an Arab Spring Revolution to bounce Mubarak and his military from power, the majority isn't doesn't believe an Islamist government will protect their freedom. I perceive the electorate found too late they'd made a deal with the devil they thought they understood, but NOT! Eygptians know what's its like to have prosperity without Islamic rule. That a Parliament with a Muslim majority rammed through a Constitution with virtually no other support says it all. It's going to get very messy before it gets better and I hope the U.S. knows how to play Texas hold'em!
KimKendall
Dec 22, 2012 8:40 PM CST
I would construe the VP was the israeli surrogate