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Egypt holds key vote on new charter

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CAIRO — Military helicopters buzzed overhead and hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed as Egyptians voted today on a new constitution in a referendum that will pave the way for a likely presidential run by the nation’s top general months after he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The two-day balloting is a key milestone in a military-backed political roadmap toward new elections for a president and a parliament after the July coup that has left the Arab world’s most populous nation sharply divided between Brotherhood supporters in one camp, and the military, security forces and their supporters in the other.

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