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Egypt Constitution Passes With 63.8 Percent ‘Yes’ Vote

• http://news.antiwar.com, by Jason
 Egypt’s election commission has announced the final results of a two-part constitutional referendum today, confirming that the constitution has passed with 63.8 percent of voters in favor. The commission threw out votes from polling stations where evidence of fraud was found but it did not significantly change the final result.
 
This is the first time since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster during the Egyptian Revolution in February 2011 that Egypt will have a constitution, and powers will actually be defined among different branches of government instead of each side trying to out-do the other with edicts.

It will actually give the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, significant power for the first time since they were elected too. The military junta had taken legislative power away after being unhappy with the results of the parliamentary elections, and with the courts having forced the lower house to close they will be the only legislative body until new elections are held.

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