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Egyptians back new constitution in referendum

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Policemen stand guard near a poster outside the constitutional court put up by supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi as they stage a sit-in, in Cairo December 23, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will have little time to savour victory in pushing through a new constitution as it may have cost the Islamist leader broader support for urgent austerity measures needed to fix the creaking economy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Policemen stand guard near a poster outside the constitutional court put up by supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi as they stage a sit-in, in Cairo December 23, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will have little time to savour victory in pushing through a new constitution as it may have cost the Islamist leader broader support for urgent austerity measures needed to fix the creaking economy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Policemen stand guard outside the constitutional court during a sit-in by supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo December 23, 2012. Mursi will have little time to savour victory in pushing through a new constitution as it may have cost the Islamist leader broader support for urgent austerity measures needed to fix the creaking economy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Policemen stand guard outside the constitutional court during a sit-in by supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo December 23, 2012. Mursi will have little time to savour victory in pushing through a new constitution as it may have cost the Islamist leader broader support for urgent austerity measures needed to fix the creaking economy. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Officials count ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Stringer

Officials count ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Stringer
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Birds fly over mosques during sunset in Old Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Birds fly over mosques during sunset in Old Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Khaled Abdullah

A man leaves a voting centre after casting his ballot in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A man leaves a voting centre after casting his ballot in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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An official counts "agree" ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Stringer

An official counts "agree" ballots after polls closed in Bani Sweif, about 115 km (71 miles) south of Cairo December 22, 2012. Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday's final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. REUTERS/Stringer
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Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekky is seen in this handout photo made available by the Egyptian Presidency in Cairo in this August 30, 2012 file photo. Mekky has resigned from his post a presidential source said on December 22, 2012, without giving any reason. The source said the presidential spokesman would issue a statement shortly. Mekky took a leading role in hosting "national unity" talks called by President Mohamed Mursi,...more

Egypt's Vice-President Mahmoud Mekky is seen in this handout photo made available by the Egyptian Presidency in Cairo in this August 30, 2012 file photo. Mekky has resigned from his post a presidential source said on December 22, 2012, without giving any reason. The source said the presidential spokesman would issue a statement shortly. Mekky took a leading role in hosting "national unity" talks called by President Mohamed Mursi, although the main opposition politicians stayed away. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Files
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

A girl casts her father's vote in a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A girl casts her father's vote in a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah...more

Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Khaled Abdullah

People cast their ballots in the final stage of a referendum on a Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

People cast their ballots in the final stage of a referendum on a Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Khaled Abdullah

Women queue at a polling station to vote in the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Women queue at a polling station to vote in the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Khaled Abdullah

A woman looks for her name at a polling station before voting during the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A woman looks for her name at a polling station before voting during the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Khaled Abdullah

People queue outside a voting centre in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

People queue outside a voting centre in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

A woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Khaled Abdullah

Boys stand with their fathers as they queue outside a voting centre in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Boys stand with their fathers as they queue outside a voting centre in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

A girl casts her father's vote in a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A girl casts her father's vote in a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A woman wipes her face as she queues with other women at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd...more

A woman wipes her face as she queues with other women at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Khaled Abdullah

Women look for their names at a polling station before voting during the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Women look for their names at a polling station before voting during the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Women queue outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Women queue outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Khaled Abdullah

Army officers help a woman on a wheelchair as she arrives to cast her ballot in the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, at a voting centre in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Army officers help a woman on a wheelchair as she arrives to cast her ballot in the second and final round of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution, at a voting centre in Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) dips her finger in indelible ink after casting her vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah...more

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) dips her finger in indelible ink after casting her vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Egyptian actress Dalal Abdel-Aziz casts her vote during in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptian actress Dalal Abdel-Aziz casts her vote during in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Haj Mohamed, 90, checks for his name before casting his vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Haj Mohamed, 90, checks for his name before casting his vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

A man casts his vote during in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A man casts his vote during in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

Soldiers keep guard near a man sitting outside a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt, REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Soldiers keep guard near a man sitting outside a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt, REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

A girl casts her mother's ballot at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A girl casts her mother's ballot at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

A woman casts her ballot at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A woman casts her ballot at a polling centre during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

A soldier stands near women queuing outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El...more

A soldier stands near women queuing outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in the El Arbeen district of Suez, 120 km (75 miles) away from Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) queues outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) queues outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil dips his finger in indelible ink after casting his vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah...more

Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil dips his finger in indelible ink after casting his vote in the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) queues near a hieroglyphic mural outside a polling centre as she waits to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in...more

A woman wearing a full veil (niqab) queues near a hieroglyphic mural outside a polling centre as she waits to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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AMR ABDALLAH DALSH

Women queue near a graffiti of pharaoh King Tutankhamun outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah...more

Women queue near a graffiti of pharaoh King Tutankhamun outside a polling centre to vote during the final stage of a referendum on Egypt's new constitution in El Dokki district of greater Giza, south of Cairo, December 22, 2012. Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists on Saturday in a second round of balloting expected to approve the charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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