Egyptian vote favors charter

98% support constitution in first election since coup

Posted: January 19, 2014 at 4:07 a.m.

Holding national flags and portraits of military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egyptians celebrate the passage of a new constitution after 98.1 percent of voters supported Egypt's military-backed constitution in a two-day election, in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. In the lead up to the vote, police arrested those campaigning for a "no" vote on the referendum, leaving little room for arguing against the document. (AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Sabry Khaled) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO — Voters overwhelmingly supported Egypt’s military-backed constitution in a two-day election, with 98.1 percent supporting it in the first vote since a coup toppled the country’s president, the Election Commission said Saturday.

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