Egyptians begin casting ballots in two-day referendum
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 01:08
Jan. 14 - Egyptians head to the polls to vote in a constitutional referendum, largely expected to pass and give the army-backed government a milestone in its political road map. Nathan Frandino reports.
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It's voting day in Egypt.
Citizens are lining up to cast their ballots in a constitutional referendum.
The draft is expected to pass easily, with large support among many Egyptians.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALEXANDRIA RESIDENT, NABIL MATTA, SAYING:
"I came out because this constitution is the best constitution we have had and was done by professionals. First of all it respects human rights and freedom of religion. It's a civil constitution for a civil advanced state and this is what we were wishing for."
This is the first vote since the military-backed government took over in July when it overthrew Islamist Former President Mohamed Mursi.
Another voter said she would vote "yes" to help bring stability to Egypt.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN WOMAN, MALAKA MOHAMED, SAYING:
"Yes to the constitution and may God bring calm to the country. Many people have been lost, and may God bring us victory."
Security is on high alert throughout the country.
A bomb exploded Tuesday morning near a court complex in Giza, near Cairo.
Witnesses say several people were hurt, but officials say no one died in the blast.
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