Egypt opposition alleges vote fraud in referendum

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 23 at 9:03 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's opposition is calling for an investigation into allegations of vote fraud in the referendum on a deeply divisive Islamist-backed constitution after the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed it passed with a 64 percent "yes" vote.

Official results have not been released yet and are expected on Monday. If the unofficial numbers are confirmed, it will be a victory Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The Brotherhood acknowledges that turnout for the vote was a relatively low 32 percent of Egypt's more than 51 million eligible voters, but it insists and electoral violations were limited and should not affect the referendum's integrity.

The results are unlikely to bring an end to the turmoil that has roiled their country for nearly two years since the uprising that ousted authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

The opposition National Salvation Front calls the referendum one battle in a "long struggle for the future of Egypt." It vows it "will not allow a change to the identity of Egypt or the return of the age of tyranny."

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