Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Egypt Constitution Approved With Less Than One-Third Participation Among Electorate

Egypt constitution approved with 63.8 percent: election committee

1:04pm EST

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's new constitution, drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, has been approved by 63.8 percent of voters in a two-round referendum, the supreme election committee said on Tuesday.

The result, which followed votes held on December 15 and on December 22, matched an earlier unofficial tally given by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood.

"We have seriously investigated all the complaints," judge Samir Abu el-Matti of the Supreme Election Committee told a news conference. The final official turnout was 32.9 percent.

(Reporting by Marwa Awad and Yasmine Saleh Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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