Egyptians will vote today in a referendum on a new constitution that has polarized the country, with opposition groups urging the rejection of a charter they say lays the ground for Islamist dominance.
Cairo, Alexandria and eight other governorates will vote today, with polling stations opening at 8 a.m. local time. The rest of the country will follow a week later. It’s not clear when results will be released, though in past elections preliminary results have emerged within hours of polls closing.
The referendum follows a wave of protests against President Mohamed Mursi’s efforts to expand his own powers and push the charter through. The past week’s rallies have been mostly peaceful, though violence broke out between the two camps the week before, leaving at least 10 dead and showing how divided Egypt remains almost two years after the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
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