Egyptian constitution referendum backed by 98% of votersSunday 19 January 2014 08.53
More than 98% of Egyptians backed a new constitution in a referendum, the turnout was lower than some officials had predicted, with just over a third of the electorate taking part.
The vote advances a transition plan the military-backed government unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohammed Mursi last July following mass unrest over his rule.
Voters supported the constitution by 98.1%, said the head of the supreme election committee, Nabil Salib. A total of 38.6% of eligible voters took part.
The turnout in Egypt's constitutional referendum "reached 38.6%," higher than that in a 2012 referendum under ousted president Mohammed Mursi, the electoral chief said at a press conference.
The military-installed authorities had looked for a high turnout as a popular endorsement of the July overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Mursi.