Landslide predicted for referendum on new Egyptian constitution

The referendum on the new constitution is expected to provide majority support for Egypt’s military-backed government and translate into support for strongman Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s run for president. The first day of voting was relatively smooth although clashes with Muslim Brotherhood protesters left 11 dead. The new text nullifies the restrictions of the constitution instituted under Muslim Brotherhood rule, improves human rights, and grants freedom of expression and equal rights and privileges to women. It also controversially raises the status of the army and extends the authority of military courts. Results are expected in around ten days.

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