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Egyptian voters back new charter

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CAIRO — An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country’s new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said today while an international monitoring group criticized the clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed “severe limits” on freedom of expression.

The election official told The Associated Press that unofficial results, after most of ballots have been counted, indicate that more than 90 percent of the voters have said “yes” to the constitution.

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