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

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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.