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Egypt says 75.9% vote for constitutional amendments
www.chinaview.cn 2007-03-27 17:57:16
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    CAIRO, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Justice Minister Mamdouh Mohieddin Marai announced on Tuesday that 75.9 percent of voters in Monday's national referendum said yes to constitutional amendments, the official news agency MENA reported.

    Marai said the turnout reached 27.1 percent, which meant that some 9.6 million of Egypt's 35.4 million eligible Egyptian voters went out and made a vote on Monday's public referendum.

    The Egyptian authorities said a total of 34,392 polling stations have been set up across the country.

    Monday's referendum came one week after Egypt's 454-seat parliament approved the amendments of 34 constitutional articles, with a vote of 315 in favor.

    Voters in the referendum are supposed to say yes or no to the entire amendment package, not any specific article.

    The amendments, which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said was the largest change in the constitution since 1971, involve many political spheres, including bans on formation of political parties based on "any religious reference or basis."

    Major changes also include an anti-terrorism clause, designed to replace the existing emergency law in place since 1981, which gives Mubarak the right to refer "terrorism criminals" to any court and laws empowering the president to dissolve the parliament unilaterally.

    Mubarak hailed the constitutional amendments as an unprecedented development in the very foundation of Egypt's constitution, saying the amendments will change the political, parliamentary and partisan life on Egypt's soil.

Editor: Liu Dan
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