Army chief Sisi in focus as Egyptians vote on constitution




 
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Army chief Sisi in focus as Egyptians vote on constitution
 
January 14th, 2014  
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Army chief Sisi in focus as Egyptians vote on constitution
By Tom Perry and Asma Alsharif CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptians voted for the first time since the military ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Tuesday in a constitutional referendum that may set the stage for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In a reminder of Islamist opposition to the army-led transition, a supporter of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood was shot dead during a protest near a polling station in Beni Suef, 110 km (70 miles), south of Cairo. The new constitutional text strips out disputed Islamist language while strengthening state institutions that defied Mursi: the military, the police and the judiciary With no sign of a campaign against the constitution, the draft is expected to pass easily, backed by the many Egyptians who staged mass protests on June 30 against Mursi's rule before his ouster. The Brotherhood has called for a boycott.




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