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
Egyptians Favor New Constitution
An Egyptian referendum official counts votes at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, late Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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. (More Egypt stories.)

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