Constitutional Referendum Held in Egypt

Jan. 24, 2014, 9:54 a.m.

Voters in Egypt participated in a constitutional referendum on January 14 and 15, 2014. The referendum followed the removal of Mohammad MORSI from power in July 2013. Interim President Adly MANSOUR moved forward with a committee of experts to begin amending the 2012 constitution. The new Egyptian constitution guaranteed the freedom of religion, prohibits the formation of political parties on the basis of religion, race, gender, or geography, and allows for the impeachment of the president by parliament. Over the two days of voting, 20,613,677 Egyptians (38.58 percent) cast votes in the referendum. The referendum passed overwhelmingly, with 19,985,389 Egyptians (98.13 percent) voting in favor of the referendum, and only 381,341 opposing (1.87 percent) the referendum.

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