Initial results: 40% voter turnout in Egypt’s referendum

The voter turnout is seen as a crucial test to the popularity of the military-installed political order

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Initial results indicate that 40 percent of registered Egyptian voters took part in the constitutional referendum this week, the state television reported.

About 95 percent of the voters approved of the constitution, the state television added.

Egypt’s military-backed interim authorities have said the voter turnout was high despite tensions in the country.

The Anti-Coup coalition supporting ousted President Mohammad Mursi said their “calculations” indicate that the voter turnout was less than 11 percent.

The Election Commission will announce the official results Saturday evening.

The vote held Tuesday and Wednesday was a milestone for Egypt's interim government, installed by the military after a July coup toppled Islamist President Mohammed Mursi following mass protests demanding him to step down.

Following the referendum, Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour is expected to announce a change in the army's transition plan and schedule presidential elections before the vote for the next parliament.

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