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Morsi signs Egypt’s new constitution

Publish Date26/12/2012 08:45:42 AM

Last Update26/12/2012 08:51:03 AM

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi has signed a declaration that makes effective the country’s recently drafted constitution on Tuesday.

Egyptians moved forward with the new constitution offered by Muslim-dominated assembly by what an election official said was a nearly 2 to 1 ratio.

The new Egyptian constitution replaces a 1971 charter that was shelved the previous year after a powerful uprising toppled the country’s long time president Hosni Mubarak.

Head of the High Election Commission, Judge Samer Abu El Maaty said that More than 10 million, or 63.8%, voted in favor, and more than 6 million, or 36.2%, voted against in the first two rounds of the voting.

The first round of the voting was last week assed with 56.6% of the vote in the first round on December 15, while the second round of the poll ended on Saturday in 17 provinces loyal to President Mohamed Morsi.

The bruising battle has stripped away hope the long-awaited constitution would bring a national consensus on Egypt`s path. Liberals, Christians and other minority opposition groups said they felt excluded from the Constituent Assembly that drafted it and that the wording did not include their voices.

The opposition National Salvation Front is demanding for an inquiry into alleged voting fraud, because the Islamists opened the stations late and tried to influence voters.

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