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Referendum votes for Egypt Constitution held
Jan 16, 2014

Egyptians during referendum has approved a new constitution.

The new charter is to replace the constitution passed during the rule of Mr Morsi before he was removed last July. It remains unclear when results will be announced.

The draft constitution deletes Islamic language written into the basic law approved a year ago when Mursi was still in office. It also strengthens the state bodies that defied him: the army, the police and the judiciary.

The new constitution includes following features:

  • The president may serve two four-year terms and can be impeached by parliament
  • Islam remains the state religion - but freedom of belief is absolute, giving some protection to minorities
  • The state guarantees "equality between men and women"
  • Parties may not be formed based on "religion, race, gender or geography"
  • Military to appoint defence minister for next eight years


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