Opponents say constitution won't last

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 25 at 8:33 PM

CAIRO (AP) — A leader of the opposition forces who've been campaigning against Egypt's draft constitution says it's not the document that Egyptians had aspired to -- and it won't last.

Egypt's election commission announced today that the constitution, drafted by Islamists, had passed a referendum with nearly 64 percent in favor. But the turnout -- less than 33 percent -- was a lot lower than in most other elections since the uprising two years ago that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Opposition spokesman Khaled Dawoud says the head of the election commission didn't address complaints about overcrowding of polling stations, or allegations that backers of the constitution told voters to cast a "yes" ballot within the polling stations.

Opponents had campaigned against the constitution with massive street protests that sometimes turned deadly, arguing that it will bring Islamic rule in Egypt and restrict freedoms. They have vowed to challenge the referendum results.

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