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.

Report: Man who steered Egypt's economy through Arab Spring resigns

Egypt's state television reports that the country's central bank governor Farouk El-Okadah has resigned, with his deputy Hisham Ramez the most likely candidate to take his place.

Both the former governor and his deputy helped steer the central bank during last year's uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak and worked to keep the Egyptian currency relatively stable despite the political turmoil.

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Report: Egypt's vice president resigns

Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned, a source told Reuters.
Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned, a source told Reuters. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's vice president, Mahmoud Mekki, has resigned from his post, a presidential source told Reuters, without giving any reason.

The presidential spokesman is due to issue a statement shortly, the source said.

Mekky took a leading role in hosting "national unity" talks called by President Mohamed Mursi, although the main opposition politicians stayed away.

Heavy security presence at Egypt polling stations

Egyptians are voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has divided their nation.

Security personnel have been deployed at polling stations across the country to help keep order during the referendum.

Security personnel outside a polling station
Egyptians queue outside a polling station
Egyptians queue to vote in the second referendum Credit: Reuters

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Polling stations open in Egypt for referendum

Polling stations have opened in Egypt in the second and final round of a referendum on a new constitution. It was drafted by an assembly which the opposition says is polarising the nation.

After a first round vote last week which unofficial results showed as 57 per cent approval of the constitution, polls opened again at 8am local time (6am GMT).

Polls are scheduled to close at 7pm (5pm GMT) but could be kept open longer as they were last week.

The opposition said voting in the first round was littered with abuses. Officials overseeing the poll have said there was no major irregularities.

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