Egyptians narrowly back constitution, says Islamist officia

Egyptians voted narrowly in favor of a constitution shaped by Islamists and opposed by liberals in the first round of a two-stage vote, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party that sought a “yes” vote said on Sunday, citing its unofficial tally.

One opposition official also said the vote appeared to have gone in favor of Islamists who backed the constitution, after the opposition had said late on Saturday when voting ended that their exit polls indicated the “no” camp would win.

Liberal-minded opponents of President Mohamed Mursi, who had fast-tracked the constitution through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly, said the basic law would divide the nation as it did not respresent the aspirations of all Egyptians.

“The referendum was 56.5 percent for the ‘yes’ vote,” a senior official in the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party operations room set up to monitor voting told Reuters.

The Brotherhood and its party, which propelled Mursi to power in June, had representatives at almost all polling stations across the 10 areas, including Cairo, where this round of voting was held.

The party official, who asked not to be identified, said the tally was based on counts from more than 99 percent of polling stations in this round.

The second round vote in remaining areas of the country is next Saturday. Official results are not expected until after that stage is complete.

“I think we lost,” the opposition official, who also asked not to be named, told Reuters, saying a strong “yes” vote in Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, had surprised them and seemed to have tipped the balance for Islamists.

The opposition had initially said it expected the “no” vote to prevail shortly after polling stations closed. But as counting proceeded, another opposition official monitoring the vote, Yahya Arafat of the Popular Current movement, had told Reuters the vote was “very close” and could go either way.

Reuters

Photo: A man holds up a Quran as supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood chant slogans during a rally on Friday in Cairo, Egypt. Liberal-minded opponents of President Mohamed Mursi, who had fast-tracked the constitution through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly, said the basic law would divide the nation as it did not respresent the aspirations of all Egyptians.

  • Hannibal

    The photo reminds me of medieval Islam… While the world pushes forward others choose to live in the past. 

  • Hannibal

    The photo reminds me of medieval Islam… While the world pushes forward others choose to live in the past. 

  • nagy_michael2

    The Brotherhood cheated their way out of this one. I sense lots of frustration from the egyptian people and there will be no doubt another Spring to uproot the previous one. The arabs I guess in love with dictators and they can’t seem to get away from them. Even in more modern Lebanon people sit around Nassrallah to see what this so called Messiah is going to tell them. They follow him like a blind sheeps and he talks its always inciting and with arrogance. The same I suppose for Aoun. Its rather sad when we follow these idiots while we’re more intelligent than them yet we seem to be hooked on them.. I talk with people also who follow Geagea and others too. Lebanese are smart everywhere except in Lebanon. they excelled in so many fields but in Lebanon we show off by lighting a Xmas tree underwater yet we can’t light the one above it. We have been waiting for electricity for over 100 years now and yet we find ways to sit around and listen to these idiots who have brought us nothing but cheap talk  and took advantage of the populations emotions and created strife among the lebanese sects. How dare we still live in middle ages while we have minds that will shake the world. its such pity the arabs and those extremists are bringing us to stone ages just because they’re lazy and hiding behind the banner of Islam to empower themselves and it makes feel so righteous. what is so righteous about killing human beings because they don’t follow your backward ideology? nothing makes sense anymore.. nothing matters anyway.. we just forced to go with the flow while others are excelling in all fields..while we’re figthing who is wearing veil and who isn’t.. God do not need you to pray 5 times a day trust me. he needs to be good on earth and be thankfull for what you have and help the poor and the needy if you can. God forgive us for what don’t know what we’re doings.

  • nagy_michael2

    The Brotherhood cheated their way out of this one. I sense lots of frustration from the egyptian people and there will be no doubt another Spring to uproot the previous one. The arabs I guess in love with dictators and they can’t seem to get away from them. Even in more modern Lebanon people sit around Nassrallah to see what this so called Messiah is going to tell them. They follow him like a blind sheeps and he talks its always inciting and with arrogance. The same I suppose for Aoun. Its rather sad when we follow these idiots while we’re more intelligent than them yet we seem to be hooked on them.. I talk with people also who follow Geagea and others too. Lebanese are smart everywhere except in Lebanon. they excelled in so many fields but in Lebanon we show off by lighting a Xmas tree underwater yet we can’t light the one above it. We have been waiting for electricity for over 100 years now and yet we find ways to sit around and listen to these idiots who have brought us nothing but cheap talk  and took advantage of the populations emotions and created strife among the lebanese sects. How dare we still live in middle ages while we have minds that will shake the world. its such pity the arabs and those extremists are bringing us to stone ages just because they’re lazy and hiding behind the banner of Islam to empower themselves and it makes feel so righteous. what is so righteous about killing human beings because they don’t follow your backward ideology? nothing makes sense anymore.. nothing matters anyway.. we just forced to go with the flow while others are excelling in all fields..while we’re figthing who is wearing veil and who isn’t.. God do not need you to pray 5 times a day trust me. he needs to be good on earth and be thankfull for what you have and help the poor and the needy if you can. God forgive us for what don’t know what we’re doings.

  • Constantin7

    Poor Egypt and poor the Egyptian people who is entering the age of darkness in this fast advancing world, the Sariaa law is going to rule in the land of art, sculture, painting, arab movies and drama. This is what Islam does when it reigns on a nation, it goes simply backwards. Instead of caring about justice, equality, proctection of freedoms, and promoting education, investments and creativity and innovation to compete in this world, Islam comes and promotes: Superiority of Islam on the rest of religions (i.e. inequality), restriction of freedoms and media, restrictions of the art and the creativity of the people, restrictions over sport activities, and apply the law of the book (kuran), it promotes the hijab (very important), the relationships between women and men, controlling women and their public activities, in a nutshell the sexually obsessed male mentality will dominate the street. I learnt recently that even the hostesses of Egypt Air have to be wear the hijab from now on. Doesn’t Egypt have much bigger problems than controlling women and their dress code ? Half of the Egyptians are living way below the poverty levels and have not enough food or shelter, how does the shariaa law is going to feed and shelter these people ? With Shariaa law foreign investments in Egypt are going down the drain, so will tourism and the Egyptian brains are going to leave the country, so the result more poverty and more socio-economic problems. How are these ignorant slafists and muslim brotherhoods with long beards going to solve the problems of the country ? with the Kuran and Shariaa law ? Good luck…What a joke. 

    I have no doubt that the great people of the Pharoas that built the Pyramids, the temples, the Sphinx (which the Islamists are threatening to destroy like they did with the Buddah statutes in Afghanistan), this creative, life loving people of the Nile will revolt and reclaim back its humanity from the claws of the devil called ISLAM. I ask the Egyptian Christians and Copts to pray and pray so God protects Egypt from the Dark Veil of Islam and keeps Egypt as MASR EL MAHROUSA.

  • Constantin7

    Poor Egypt and poor the Egyptian people who is entering the age of darkness in this fast advancing world, the Sariaa law is going to rule in the land of art, sculture, painting, arab movies and drama. This is what Islam does when it reigns on a nation, it goes simply backwards. Instead of caring about justice, equality, proctection of freedoms, and promoting education, investments and creativity and innovation to compete in this world, Islam comes and promotes: Superiority of Islam on the rest of religions (i.e. inequality), restriction of freedoms and media, restrictions of the art and the creativity of the people, restrictions over sport activities, and apply the law of the book (kuran), it promotes the hijab (very important), the relationships between women and men, controlling women and their public activities, in a nutshell the sexually obsessed male mentality will dominate the street. I learnt recently that even the hostesses of Egypt Air have to be wear the hijab from now on. Doesn’t Egypt have much bigger problems than controlling women and their dress code ? Half of the Egyptians are living way below the poverty levels and have not enough food or shelter, how does the shariaa law is going to feed and shelter these people ? With Shariaa law foreign investments in Egypt are going down the drain, so will tourism and the Egyptian brains are going to leave the country, so the result more poverty and more socio-economic problems. How are these ignorant slafists and muslim brotherhoods with long beards going to solve the problems of the country ? with the Kuran and Shariaa law ? Good luck…What a joke. 

    I have no doubt that the great people of the Pharoas that built the Pyramids, the temples, the Sphinx (which the Islamists are threatening to destroy like they did with the Buddah statutes in Afghanistan), this creative, life loving people of the Nile will revolt and reclaim back its humanity from the claws of the devil called ISLAM. I ask the Egyptian Christians and Copts to pray and pray so God protects Egypt from the Dark Veil of Islam and keeps Egypt as MASR EL MAHROUSA.

  • Constantin7

    Just look at the attached picture to this article: These are the people who are going to rule Egypt. The aggressive, shouting and hateful evil is preparing to rule Egypt !

    • Patience2

       It just goes to show that mankind cannot seem to learn from the past, must repeat it over and over again.

  • Constantin7

    Just look at the attached picture to this article: These are the people who are going to rule Egypt. The aggressive, shouting and hateful evil is preparing to rule Egypt !

    • Patience2

       It just goes to show that mankind cannot seem to learn from the past, must repeat it over and over again.

  • guss043

    The pciture say it all , wil ne3am 3 hek constitution ::))) malla manazer 

  • guss043

    The pciture say it all , wil ne3am 3 hek constitution ::))) malla manazer 

  • guss043

    meed a revolution to sweep the brotherhood back to were they belong , in jail 

    • Patience2

       Mafiosi, regardless of their stripe, have always been hard to control.

  • guss043

    meed a revolution to sweep the brotherhood back to were they belong , in jail 

    • Patience2

       Mafiosi, regardless of their stripe, have always been hard to control.

  • Btru2u

    The people have voted, now the trouble making minorities should either love it or leave it. The whole region is heading this way. Minorities would prefer a western backed system, but that as been tried and failed,

  • Btru2u

    The people have voted, now the trouble making minorities should either love it or leave it. The whole region is heading this way. Minorities would prefer a western backed system, but that as been tried and failed,

  • Btru2u

    The National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition has stated that it was protesting at Mursi’s attempt to give himself the powers Mubarak had. They took to the streets and have continued in their call against Mursi and his constitution; emphasising their opposition to some of its Islamic aspects. Mursi invited the opposition to take part in discussions on 7 December 2012 which was rejected. As Mursi caved-in and reversed his edict, bizarrely the opposition leadership, condemned Mursi for doing exactly what they have demanded, saying it was unacceptable, and calling for yet more protests. Opposition leaders say that withdrawing the edict is a trick attempted to distract from the “real goals,” and say the public needs to continue to protest against “a president who ignores his people.” In reality the opposition that failed miserably in the elections is working to undermine his rule and would like to emerge in positions of power from this latest crisis.

  • Btru2u

    The National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition has stated that it was protesting at Mursi’s attempt to give himself the powers Mubarak had. They took to the streets and have continued in their call against Mursi and his constitution; emphasising their opposition to some of its Islamic aspects. Mursi invited the opposition to take part in discussions on 7 December 2012 which was rejected. As Mursi caved-in and reversed his edict, bizarrely the opposition leadership, condemned Mursi for doing exactly what they have demanded, saying it was unacceptable, and calling for yet more protests. Opposition leaders say that withdrawing the edict is a trick attempted to distract from the “real goals,” and say the public needs to continue to protest against “a president who ignores his people.” In reality the opposition that failed miserably in the elections is working to undermine his rule and would like to emerge in positions of power from this latest crisis.