BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Monday that China welcomes the smooth approval of Egypt's new constitution.
Spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing that the smooth vote and approval marked an important and positive step in Egypt's political transition.
"China hopes Egypt continues push ahead the process of inclusive political transition in an orderly way, and realizes national stability and development as soon as possible," Hong said.
Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved the country's new constitution by 98.1 percent of votes saying "yes" to the military-backed charter. The official result comes a few days after Egypt wrapped up a two-day referendum on the constitution on Jan. 15, which has been boycotted by most Islamists and their affiliates.
The new charter is meant to replace the one drafted and approved in late 2012 under ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.
News Analysis: Overwhelming nod to Egypt's constitution reflects desire for stability
CAIRO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The overwhelming approval of Egypt's new constitution reflected the strong desire of the Egyptians to move toward security and stability after three years of turmoil, political experts said.
The official result of the two-day referendum, declared on Saturday, showed that 98.1 percent of the participants said "yes" to the military-backed charter. The turnout was 38.6 percent, as 20.6 million out of some 53.4 million eligible voters took part in the polls.Full story
Early results show massive support for Egypt's new constitution
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Counting is still underway for the vote on the Egypt’s new constitution. But officials say early results show massive support for the charter. The vote’s a key step on the road to fresh elections, following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year. Turnout though was less than 50 percent.
A landslide Yes vote for the constitution. But it wasn’t an easy ride. For the two days of the referendum, there were attempts to disrupt the vote - through protests and bomb attacks. Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were the prime suspects. His Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the voting but still came out on the streets. Many were arrested.Full story