Egyptians Hit the Voting Booth

    A soldier stands guard as women queue outside a polling centre to vote in a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Cairo January 14, 2014. Egyptians began voting on Tuesday in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTX17DP5

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    On the third anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring, voters in Egypt are heading to the polls for a two-day referendum on a revised constitution. Some conservative Muslim groups, including the ousted Muslim Brotherhood (now deemed a terrorist organization), have called for a boycott in hopes that low turnout will strike a political blow to General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and the ruling military. While thousands of soldiers and police officers have been positioned to protect voters, an explosion took place near a courthouse before voting started. The proposed constitution is not radically different from that approved under ousted President Mohammed Morsi. However, the document provides for increased religious freedom, women’s rights, and authority for the military, judiciary, and police.

    To vote on a revised constitution.

    Dive into Egypt's voting booths with this photo of democracy sort-of at work.

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