Middle East

Jan 16, 2014

In Egypt, a vote unlikely to end the political turmoil

Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer in power in Egypt. But are things really any better and the military-backed interim government? Vickie Smiles reports from the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Polling stations filled to the brim early Tuesday when two days of voting began for Egypt’s referendum on a new constitution. A special committee drafted the 69-page document in the months after last year’s popular uprising and military-backed removal of the elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi.

On both days, close to 400,000 police and army forces were deployed nationwide to protect long queues from expected clashes with Brotherhood protesters. Tuesday was more violent than yesterday, with a reported 11 killed and the interim government saying the Brotherhood was responsible. Arrests over the two days exceed 300.

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