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Egyptians vote on disputed constitution


February 19. 2013 11:09PM
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(AP) Egyptians are voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has divided their nation.


The Saturday vote is taking place in 17 of Egypt's 27 provinces with about 25 million eligible voters. The first phase on Dec. 15 produced a yes majority of about 56 percent with a turnout of some 32 percent, according to unofficial results.


Saturday's vote comes a day after clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. The violence is the latest episode in more than four weeks of turmoil over the president's powers and the constitution, adopted by a panel of Islamists without liberal and Christian participation.


A comfortable yes majority would strengthen Morsi and his Islamist backers.


Associated Press


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