World Bulletin / News Desk
While Egypt awaits the results of a referendum that took place this week regarding amendments made to the 2012 constitution, early results show that around 98% of those who participated in the referendum supported the changes.
However, the turnout for the referendum is extremely low. The Arab Observatory for Rights and Freedoms published its report on the turnout based on attendance sheets in polling stations and documentation by local and international observers.
On average, the referendum saw an 11.3% turnout in all governorates, compared to the last referendum in 2012 which saw a turnout of 32.9%.
The low turnout serves a blow to the post-coup interim government back by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted the elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-coup groups led the effort to boycott the referendum to demonstrate their opposition to the current government, which they deem to be illegitimate, comparing it to the dictatorship era of former president Hosni Mubarak who stepped down during the 2011 revolution.
Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel's Military Intelligence Directorate, recently told the Jerusalem Post that despite the current Egyptian government having Israel’s blessings due to its determination to protect the Camp David peace agreement between the two countries, he believed the Egyptian people were likely to overcome the military-backed government.Last Mod: 18 Ocak 2014, 15:06