Egypt constitution passes easily

Jan 16, 2014, 9:06 AM EST
Supporters of Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate at the end of the second day of voting in Egypt's constitutional referendum in the Shubra district on January 15, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.
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Egypt's new constitution, the subject of a political struggle both during the Morsi administration and the al-Sisi government, has passed with massive support in a poll commanding 37% turnout, according to early tallies. The referendum was a major test for Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but the overwhelming approval (and the harsh crackdown on key opposition groups, most notably the Muslim Brotherhood, that preceded it) will do little to improve his image as an autocrat in the making. 

Background:

Big margin opens way for Sisi presidential run [Reuters]

Nation calmer on second day of polling [Ahram Online]

State-run media reports 90% approval [Haaretz]

Official: new president must be a civilian [Al Arabiya]