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Egypt constitutional referendum turnout reaches 38.6: official

  • A supporter of the constitution gestures in front of a statue of Egypt's former Army Chief of Staff Abdel Moneim Riad near Tahrir square, during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: The turnout in Egypt's constitutional referendum "reached 38.6 percent," higher than that in a 2012 referendum under ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the electoral chief said at a press conference Saturday.

The military-installed authorities had looked for a high turnout as a popular endorsement of the July overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi.

 
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