Wednesday, July 29, 2015   

Egyptians vote for new charter
(01-14 18:19)

Egyptians began voting on a draft constitution that represents a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after the Islamist president was overthrown in July.
The two-day balloting also deals a heavy blow to the Muslim Brotherhood's campaign for the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and paves the way for a likely presidential run by the nation's top general, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, AP reports.
Shortly before polls opened, an explosive device went off outside a Cairo courthouse in the densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba. The blast damaged the front of the building and shattered windows in nearby buildings.
Long lines of voters began to form nearly two hours before polling stations opened in Cairo, including in Imbaba, where the blast promptly whipped up anti-Brotherhood sentiment with chants and shouting against the Islamist group.
“The dogs, the traitors!'' shouted a man on a motorcycle as he passed by the courthouse after the blast. A line of voters in a nearby polling station chanted in unison: “Long live Egypt!''
A crowd of several hundred angry residents gathered outside the courthouse, some carrying posters of el-Sissi. “Everyone must go now and vote to show those dogs, the Brothers,'' shouted one man.
The Tuesday and Wednesday balloting is the first electoral test for the popularly backed coup that ousted Morsi and his Brotherhood.
A comfortable “yes'' vote and a respectable turnout would bestow legitimacy on the cascade of events that followed the coup while undermining the Islamists' argument that Morsi remains the nation's elected president.
Morsi's Brotherhood, which is now branded as a terrorist group, has called for a boycott of the vote. Morsi himself is facing three separate trials on charges that carry the death penalty.

   
Other World breaking news:
Indian building collapses killing seven (07-29 13:34)
Eight Australians charged with 500 abuse offenses against 13-year-old girl (07-29 13:30)
Casino whales get away with crude behavior in the US (07-29 13:14)
Disneyland Paris investigated for alleged price discrimination (07-29 12:06)
Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa plays Tamil card before poll (07-28 21:12)
Malaysia PM Najib’s sackings ignite further suspicions (07-28 21:03)
NATO backs Ankara’s offensive against extremists (07-28 20:58)
Obama assures Africa of support (07-28 20:49)
Russia says US democracy foundation undesirable (07-28 20:42)
American accused of killing beloved Zimbabwean lion Cecil (07-28 20:40)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.