Egyptian policemen stand outside the court in the working class Imbaba neighbourhood of Cairo on January 14, 2014 after blast hit the building two hours before polls opened for Egyptians to vote on a new constitution. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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Egyptians were voting Tuesday on a draft for their country's new constitution that represents a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a popularly backed coup last July.A massive security operation was underway to protect polling stations and voters against possible attacks by militants loyal to Morsi, with 160,000 soldiers and more than 200,000 policemen deployed across the nation of some 90 million people.The Tuesday and Wednesday balloting is the first electoral test for the popularly backed coup that ousted Morsi and his Brotherhood.Morsi's Brotherhood, which is now branded as a terrorist group, has called for a boycott of the vote.The referendum is the sixth nationwide vote since the authoritarian Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011, with the five others possibly the freest ever seen in Egypt.
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