Egypt on Wednesday, January 15, wrapped up a two-day referendum on a new constitution that could set up a presidential bid by the army chief who toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. There was little doubt the vote would back the new charter, which the military-installed authorities say provides greater protection for freedom of speech and women’s rights, as the Islamist opposition called for a boycott. Initial tallies reported by state media suggested at least 90% of voters approved the constitution, but the turnout remained unclear. The early results were based on initial counts by returning officers. The official results will be announced within 72 hours.
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