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Egypt Approves Constitution Fixes

Voting freely for the first time in nearly half a century, Egyptian voters have overwhelmingly favored constitutional amendments that would eliminate restrictions on political rights and strengthen civil liberties. With 11 of 29 provinces reporting results, between 65 and 90 percent of Egyptians have approved the changes, with a preliminary estimate of 70 percent turnout. While the reforms are broadly popular, some fear that a more open political process could also allow the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate Egypt’s fragile political process.