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Egypt's President Signs New Constitution into Law

World | December 26, 2012, Wednesday // 11:46| Views: 522 | Comments: 0
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has signed a decree putting into effect his country's newly approved constitution.

His signature came after Egyptian voters approved the Islamist-backed constitution by what an election official said Tuesday was a nearly 2 to 1 ratio, CNN has reminded.

During the two rounds of voting, more than 10 million, or 63.8%, voted in favor, and more than 6 million, or 36.2%, voted against.

The first stage of the referendum was held December 15 and covered ten Egyptian provinces. The second stage took place on Saturday in 17 Egyptian provinces.

Egypt's draft constitution has provoked weeks of rallies and sparked clashes between opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Islamist supporters.

Opponents of the constitution say that its drafting included only representatives of Islamist parties, and it will not satisfy the entire population of the country.

Over the weeks, protesters have also come out against what they see as Morsi's attempts at consolidating too much power into the President's hands.

On the other side, supporters of the constitution say that it will restore democracy and stability to the country.

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