Egypt Official: Broad Support for New Constitution

Administration official says early ballot counts show close to 90 percent endorsing draft charter

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After two days of voting amid heavy security, it appears that Egypt’s new draft constitution will pass by an large majority.

Citing a senior Egyptian official, the AP reported that early ballot counts indicate an overwhelming majority of Egyptians cast their votes in support of the country’s referendum on a new constitution. The administration official told the AP that early vote tallies appear to be close to 90 percent in favor of the measure.

If the constitution passes by a large margin, it will provide a major boost to Egypt’s interim government, which has been in place since the military-backed ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July. Passage of the constitution could pave the way for a presidential run by military chief Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

But the new charter will likely do little to heal Egypt’s deep fractures. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently designated as a “terrorist” organization, boycotted this week’s vote on the referendum. Morsi’s Islamist allies drafted the country’s last constitutional referendum, which passed in December 2012 with 64 percent support; however, only 30 percent of the country turned out to vote. Unofficial tallies put early voter turnout for this referendum at around 50 percent and Egyptian officials made a push for a higher turnout on the final day. According to state media, the voting rate surpassed the last referendum, but the Washington Post reported low turnout on the second day in Cairo.

Final results of the referendum may not be available until Sunday.

[AP]

[Washington Post]

16 comments
OsamaEmara
OsamaEmara

Abdul Fattah Sisi .We are all Egyptians stand in the back of this guy. Shame on you for your actions.

aliabdallah123
aliabdallah123

USA  killed  more than  500000  innocent  people on Iraq  and after that  discover than  no nuclear weapon  you make me laugh  ha ha ha 

AhmedElkhamesy
AhmedElkhamesy

Excuse me sir: there is no dictator in Egypt named Abdul Fattah Sisi. It's a symbol of the will of the Division. And symbol of national unity. He who was able to eliminate terrorism and destroy this terror. That the Brotherhood, which belong to the former president Mohamed Morsi represent only 10% of the Egyptian people. This group practiced terrorism here in my capacity as an Egyptian citizen trust in my words

StephenReal
StephenReal

Good morning, one man, one vote, one time for Egypt. Meet the new dictator same as the old dictatorship. 

It's homicidal maniac's like this General Al-Sisi why I recommend my contemporaries to avoid visiting Egypt. I've seen the videos of his criminal troops lay waste to ordinary human beings. 

This man is a homicidal maniac. Take extreme caution if you are an American in Egypt.


aliabdallah123
aliabdallah123

@OsamaEmara speak  about your  self   i am Egyptian  and  i  agree  about what  our  army  did  .  your  problem   with  our  army  not only  general Abdel El Sisi    we will not be Syria   we have  the best army on the world   ha ha ha  please   remember  Morse  when he write  to  beriz    my  brother  and frien berize   ha ha ha

aliabdallah123
aliabdallah123

when  USA  killed more than 500000 Iraq  innocent  people  you have no right  to speak about dictator  .when usa killed  people  on yaman   and  Pakistan   even  honeymooner

   

AbdelElsawabi
AbdelElsawabi

@StephenReal

I’m not sure where you get this information from. Before you write any comments, you should get you fact… Even if you’re getting your information from the Family Guy show, you’ll have better information

AhmedElkhamesy
AhmedElkhamesy

@StephenReal  Excuse me sir: there is no dictator in Egypt named Abdul Fattah Sisi. It's a symbol of the will of the Division. And symbol of national unity. He who was able to eliminate terrorism and destroy this terror. That the Brotherhood, which belong to the former president Mohamed Morsi represent only 10% of the Egyptian people. This group practiced terrorism here in my capacity as an Egyptian citizen trust in my words



AhmedElkhamesy
AhmedElkhamesy

@StephenReal  Excuse me sir: there is no dictator in Egypt named Abdul Fattah Sisi. It's a symbol of the will of the Division. And symbol of national unity. He who was able to eliminate terrorism and destroy this terror. That the Brotherhood, which belong to the former president Mohamed Morsi represent only 10% of the Egyptian people. This group practiced terrorism here in my capacity as an Egyptian citizen trust in my words

pleasewakeup
pleasewakeup

@StephenReal Are you serious?! The people have voted, with overwhelming majority and dedication to the new regime and constitution. Live with it! These votes weren't bought with bread, meat or cooking oil. 

amin.y.a
amin.y.a

Stephen are you talking about the MB who burned 80 churches killed injered and kidnnaped thousands of christians (worest attackes on egyption christians in nearly 7 centeries since 1341).

MicahShapiro
MicahShapiro

@AhmedElkhamesy @StephenReal @AhmedElkhamesy @StephenReal Ahmed, quit spewing lies.  Look at the latest approval ratings: Morsi still holds a 43% approval rating and your dear Sisi holds a 49% approval rating based on legitimate surveys by neutral international polling groups such as Pew (unlike your bias lying Egyptian surveys which laughably predicted a 75% voter turnout, instead of the actuality which was a 36% voter turnout).  That means half your country is against Sisi and Morsi still has considerable supporters.  I know that doesn't go well with your heroic pro-Sisi narrative.


And actually the turnout for your dear election was incredibly low, especially given how hard the government pushed people to go and vote, with billboards everywhere, nationalistic pop songs urging people to vote "YES", while anyone campaigning for a "NO" vote was arrested.  Heck, one of your Coup-appointed governors even said he would have anyone arrested for putting up "NO" posters (but feel free to put up all the "YES" posters you want and call it an inclusive Democracy where anyone can compete in the marketplace of (exclusive) ideas."  

Anyone who would have voted "NO" simply boycotted the election because they don't view the Coup government as legitimate.


In case you haven't figured it out, your country is DIVIDED.  The anti-Coup and pro-MB support isn't some fringe group.  Please don't pull random numbers such as "10%" out of your butt.  Seriously.

Your election was only a few percentiles higher in turnout than the last referendum under Morsi.  The difference is the previous government didn't run an aggressive "YES" campaign and there were still a considerable number of people who felt the election was legitimate enough to cast a "NO" vote in.

No civilized country in the world thinks the MB are terrorists.  Only Egypt.  Because it's the only way to give legitimacy to a COUP.  Anyone who follows the MB can see that they have condemned every act of violence and constantly remind their supporters that their weapon is their peace.

vetramon
vetramon

@AhmedElkhamesy@vetramon@StephenReal Look, mr Ahmed, your mentality was conditioned since the days of the Pharaohs. What revolution are you talking about? The ones in which the military have to be brought on your side? You can not grasp the concept of Democracy. For the moment it is not in your conscience. For good, or bad, your society is formed with a strong secular mentality, and a strong Islamic one. You can not deny that.

  Your revolution, the one with the secular people and supported by the force of the armed military, consists in keeping the other side, the Islamic, oppressed and with no right at all. Your new Pharaoh is this general, that is going to try to keep "UNITY" at any cost. That is what your used to, dictators.

AhmedElkhamesy
AhmedElkhamesy

@vetramon @AhmedElkhamesy @StephenReal  We are not slaves.'ve Blown the January 25 revolution and the revolution of June 30., And have earned our freedom. If you think you are free to go down the street and shout against the U.S. government of Barack Obama