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
An Egyptian referendum official counts votes at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, late Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(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. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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