Final round of voting begins on Egypt constitution

Egypt: Polls opened in Egypt on Saturday in the final round of a two-stage referendum on a new constitution pushed by President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies.

The draft charter was expected to be adopted after winning 57 percent support in the first round a week ago.

The secular-minded opposition has called for a "no" vote, and the country has seen a month of protests against Morsi and the text.

AFP correspondents in Giza, southwest of Cairo, saw polling stations begin work, allowing in men and women -- in separate lines -- to cast their ballots after identity checks.

Some 250,000 police and soldiers were deployed to provide security during the referendum.
The army has also stationed tanks outside the presidential palace in Cairo since early this month, after deadly clashes between rival demonstrators.


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