Egypt begins constitution vote

Egyptians are going to the polls on Saturday in a referendum on constitutional changes that pro-democracy campaigners say do not go far enough.

A high turnout is expected for the vote designed to limit the president’s time in office and improve the transparency of elections.

The proposals are backed by two major political blocs, the National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood.

But opposition groups have been urging voters to say “no,” saying the proposed changes are not deep enough and that a new constitution should be drawn.

Rewriting the constitution was one of the key demands of pro-democracy protesters that forced authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak from power last month.


MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti)

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