Egypt voters back constitution as roadmap advances

A supporter of constitution gestures in front of statue of former Army Chief of Staff Abdel Moneim Riad near Tahrir square, during final stage of referendum on new constitution in CairoBy Tom Perry and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt's new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum, state media reported on Thursday, an expected victory that nudges army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ever closer to a bid for the presidency. The vote advances a transition plan the army unveiled after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July. The next step is expected to be a presidential election for which Sisi, 59, appears the only serious candidate. Some 90 percent of the people who voted approved the constitution, state-run media reported.

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