Dec. 26 - Egypt's Supreme Election Committee says almost two thirds of referendum voters backed the new constitution. Paul Chapman reports.
Egypt's Supreme Election Committee unveils the final result of a referendum on the nation's new constitution. Judge Samir el-Matti told reporters the turnout was just under a third of voters. Of those who took part almost two thirds backed the constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Mursi. The wording of the constitution has ignited a wave of protests. These were the scenes in Alexandria last week ahead of the second round of referendum voting. Mursi's backers say a new constitution was vital for the nation's transition to democracy and for stability to help its fragile economy. Opponents say it favours Islamists and ignores the rights of women, and of Christians who make up a tenth of the population. In a sign of how much the weeks of unrest have hit the economy the government's put a 10,000 limit on how much cash people can take out or bring into the country. That's prompted some Egyptians to start withdrawing their savings in fear of more restrictions to come.