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UAE hails 98.1 % yes vote in Egypt referendum (AP, Wam) / 19 January 2014 Egypt’s High Election Commission says 38.6 per cent of the country’s more than 53 million eligible voters took part in the two-day poll. Egypt’s election committee said 98.1 per cent of voters have approved a new, military-backed constitution in the first vote since a coup toppled the country’s president. Egypt’s High Election Commission said on Saturday that 38.6 per cent of the country’s more than 53 million eligible voters took part in the two-day poll. That’s 20.5 million voters casting ballots. UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated the Egyptian people on the success of the referendum on the constitution. “The move is major milestone towards the roadmap for the future which will usher sisterly Egypt into the aspired stability and development,” Shaikh Abdullah said, expressing his pleasure at the huge turnout of voters and their landslide approval for the new constitution, reflecting in a clear way the will of the Egyptian people and their support for the framework which will govern the state and society. Shaikh Abdullah also expressed his confidence that this step would contribute to enhancing stability and confidence in the future of Egypt, promoting its regional and international standing and delivering stability, development and prosperity to the Egyptian people. This was the first vote since the military removed Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Mursi, following massive protests in July. Officials view the vote as key in legitimising the country’s military-backed interim government and its plan for parliamentary and presidential elections. — AP, Wam For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →
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