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.

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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.