Egypt constitution approved

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution after it was approved by 63.8 percent of voters in a referendum.

Egypt PM tips IMF loan talks to resume

Hisham Kandil announced the Egyptian government's new economic programme on Sunday
Hisham Kandil announced the Egyptian government's new economic programme today Credit: Reuters

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said he expects talks with the International Monetary Fund over a £3 billion loan to resume in January.

"We hope that there will not be any fundamental changes in our plan with the IMF because we will summon them in January so we resume discussions to go forward in the matter of the loan," Kandil said today, reported Reuters.

Egypt's prosecutor orders probe against opposition

Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into the leaders of the country's opposition after a lawyer accused them of incitement to overthrow the regime. The official said a judge will investigate the report filed last month accusing Mohammed ElBaradei.

Mohammed ElBaradei accused of 'incitement' to overthrow the regime. Credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

The Nobel Prize laureate and former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, is accused along with Amr Moussa, former foreign minister and Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate, of inciting the overthrow of Egypt's first elected president, Mohammed Morsi.

The accusations were filed by a lawyer during a political crisis over a series of presidential decrees that granted Morsi and the committee drafting the disputed constitution immunity from judicial oversight, in which he signed yesterday.

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Mursi signs contentious Egyptian constitution into law

Mohamed Mursi says the new constitution will help fix Egypt's economy
Mohamed Mursi says the new constitution will help fix Egypt's economy Credit: Reuters

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution he says will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the fragile economy.

The presidency said Mursi signed a decree enforcing the charter late on Tuesday after the official announcement of the result of a referendum approving the basic law.

The text has sharpened painful divisions in the Arab world's most populous nation and prompted often violent protests on the streets of Cairo.

US urges Egyptians to bridge divisions after vote

The United States on Tuesday urged all sides in Egypt to increase political engagement after Egyptian officials announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution drafted by President Mohamed Mursi's Islamist allies.

President Mursi, as the democratically elected leader of Egypt, has a special responsibility to move forward in a way that recognizes the urgent need to bridge divisions.

– State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement

Mr Ventrell noted that many Egyptians had voiced "significant concerns" over the constitutional process.

We hope those Egyptians disappointed by the result will seek more and deeper engagement. We look to those who welcome the result to engage in good faith.

And we hope all sides will re-commit themselves to condemn and prevent violence.

– State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell

Factfile: Egypt's new constitution

Egypt announced on Tuesday voters had overwhelmingly approved a controversial new constitution:

  • Drafted by Islamist allies of President Mohamed Mursi
  • Gives the President extra powers
  • Mursi's leftist, liberal, secularist and Christian opponents took to streets to block move
  • Opponents argue it would dangerously mix politics and religion
  • President says new constitution offers protection for minorities, and will end political uncertainty that has wrecked economy.
  • The 'yes' vote paves the way for a parliamentary election in about two months
  • Cairo appeared calm after today's announcement and opposition groups have announced no plans for fresh demonstrations

Egypt opposition bemoan constitution vote result

Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi refuted the authorities' claim that vote-rigging complaints had been "investigated" after voters approved a new constitution:

The result was so odd and no change in the percentage points shows that nothing was done to take our complaints into account.

– Khaled Dawood, opposition spokesman

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Egypt judge: Constitution vote complaints investigated

A member of Egypt's Supreme Election Committee said complaints about a vote on the country's new constitution have been investigated.

The Committee said 63.8 percent of voters approved the new constitution following two polls this month, which took place amid accusations of fraud.

"We have seriously investigated all the complaints," judge Samir Abu el-Matti of the Supreme Election Committee told a news conference.

The result matched an earlier unofficial tally given by Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood party.

The final official turnout was 32.9 percent.

Egypt's opposition allege vote fraud

Egypt's main opposition has said that voting in both rounds of a referendum on a controversial new constitution have been subject to fraud.

A senior official from the National Salvation Front, told Reuters: "They are ruling the country, running the vote and influencing the people, so what else could we expect".

Report: Early signs show Egypt may approve constitution

Egyptians appear to have approved a new constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum, according to the Reuters news agency.

An official from the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, which backs the charter put forward by President Mohamed Morsi, said that after 8.1 million votes had been counted there was a 71 per cent majority in favour of the constitution.

Taken with the first round vote, the official said he expected the overall result to show a roughly 65 per cent majority in favour of the constitution. He spoke as counting progressed into the early hours of Sunday morning.

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