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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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'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.

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