Egypt constitution 'approved by 98.1%' of voters

Egyptian voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, the Electoral Commission said. Some 98.1% approved the changes which could pave the way for army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to announce his candidacy for president.

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Egypt voters 'overwhelmingly approve constitution'

Egyptian voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, an Interior Ministry official has said citing preliminary results.

This could pave the way for army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to announce his candidacy for president.

The Interior Ministry official was citing preliminary referendum results. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

"Turnout so far may exceed 55 percent and the approval of the constitution is perhaps more than 95 percent," Major General Abdel Fattah Othman told satellite channel Al-Hayat.

He was citing preliminary results of the two-day referendum.

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'At least five killed' in clashes over Egyptian referendum

At least five people were killed in confrontations between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police in Egypt, according to official sources.

A soldier stands guard as women queue outside a polling centre to vote in a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The bloodiest clashes were in Sohag, south of Cairo, where there were reports that four people had been killed and others wounded, but conflicting accounts of what happened.

The Interior Ministry alleges that Muslim Brotherhood supporters opened fire on a crowd near a polling station, but local officials said it was the supporters who had been killed.

A small bomb also went off in Cairo, but no-one was injured.

One killed in clashes on first day of Egyptian vote

One man was killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood on the first day of a constitutional referendum, security sources said.

Supporters of the Egyptian army shout slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood. Credit: REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi

Mahmoud Sayed Gomaa, 25, was killed during a protest against the referendum near a polling station in the province of Bani Suef, south of Cairo.

The referendum is the first ballot since the military overthrew Morsi on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

Egyptians queue for constitution vote

Egyptians queued at polling stations across the country amid a heavy security presence as today's constitutional referendum got under way.

Voters in Cairo makes their way to the polling booths. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A soldier tries to control a queue outside a polling centre. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A man casts his vote in the referendum on Egypt's new constitution. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

'Explosion' outside Egypt court ahead of poll

Several witnesses in Giza, near Cairo, have reported and tweeted photos of an explosion, believed to be a bomb, that went off outside a courthouse ahead of today's constitutional referendum.

There are no reports of injuries.

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Muslim Brotherhood calls for boycott of Egypt vote

An election official stands next to boxes containing voting slips for a referendum on the new constitution of Egypt. Credit: Reuters

Polls in Egypt will open later in the latest milestone in the army-backed government's political roadmap.

Read: Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum

Deposed President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood have called for a boycott of the vote. They see army chief General al-Sisias the mastermind of the coup which seen the country's first democratically elected leader forced out, and the country reduced to a "police state."

Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum

Egyptians will vote later today in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected head of state.

It is expected the ballot will lead to a presidential bid by army chief General Adbel Fattah al-Sisi.

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in the courtyard of a school that will be used as a polling station in Suez ahead of today's ballot. Credit: Reuters/ Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

It is expected that Egyptians will turn out in big numbers and vote "yes" in the two-day referendum.

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