A man tries to extinguish the flames of a burning vehicle during clashes between supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Mursi and riot police in Cairo January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
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Egyptian authorities are to announce Saturday the results of a constitutional referendum that the interim government has hailed as a ringing endorsement of the army's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Flagship state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram said the turnout for the referendum was more than 40 percent of the country's 53 million registered voters, with the "overwhelming majority" voting yes.It had earlier reported that 98 percent voted in support of the charter, an expected result after Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement and its Islamist allies boycotted the vote. The new constitution will replace the one adopted under Morsi in a 2012 referendum and passed with 33 percent voter turnout.The military-installed government said the vote showed support for Morsi's overthrow.
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