Amendments passed in Egypt

A set of controversial amendments to Egypt's constitution were approved Tuesday, a day after the vote was boycotted by democracy reformers and the country's largest opposition group.

Amendments passed in Egypt

A set of controversial amendments to Egypt's constitutionwere approved overwhelmingly by voters, the government said Tuesday, a dayafter the vote was boycotted by democracy reformers and the country's largestopposition group.

Egyptians are likely to regard the figures with considerable skepticism asmany polling stations were virtually deserted for hours in the capital, Cairo, Egypt'sbiggest city.

The country's leading rights group, the Egyptian Organization for HumanRights, estimated that only 2 to 3 percent of the electorate had voted fivehours before polls closed.

The amendments abolish emergency laws, allow election supervision by anindependent commission and ban political parties based on religion.

The opposition, led by the fundamentalist MuslimBrotherhood, said the amendments would reduce the judicial checks on electionfraud — a long time problem in Egypt— and strengthen the president's security powers at the expense of civilrights. The Brotherhood deeply resented the ban on religion-based parties, anamendment that was clearly aimed at the group.

Source:Agencies
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