egyptians vote for new constitution


?Over 90% of Egyptian voters opted for a new constitution during the first public vote in the country post Morsi. The polls closed last night and initial estimates suggested turnout was around 38-40%, with an overwhelming show of support towards the new constitution which strengthens rights for women and the disabled and also re-enforces the powers of the military, police and judiciary.  

The referendum on the constitution has been viewed as a metaphor for the public support towards General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, interim leader of the country since Morsi’s ousting. Fears have been raised over the treatment of those voting ‘No’ to the new constitution, with reports of arrests and beatings from the police.

It’s now expected that al-Sisi will run for power in elections scheduled later in 2014. 

Keep up to date with the news over on The Guardian.