Islamists claim poll victory in Egypt

Islamists claim poll victory in Egypt

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says a narrow majority of those who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document.

An official tweet by the Brotherhood early today said the group’s tallies show nearly 57% of voters said “yes” to the disputed charter, while about 43% voted ’no’.

The vote was held a day earlier in 10 of the country’s 27 provinces. Voting in the remaining provinces will be held December 22.

The Brotherhood, from which President Mohammed Morsi hails, has in the past accurately predicted election results.

It says some 32% of over 26 million registered voters participated in Saturday’s poll. Egypt’s remaining 25 million voters, mostly from conservative rural regions, cast ballots next week.

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