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Egyptian referendum officials count votes at a polling station in Cairo after ballots were cast in the referendum on adopting a new constitution. Amr Nabil/AP

Egyptian referendum: Pro-Constitution side claims narrow win

The Muslim Brotherhood says the Yes vote won 57-43 in yesterday’s votes, but the referendum is not finished yet.

EGYPT’S MUSLIM Brotherhood says a narrow majority of those who voted in the first round of a referendum on a proposed Islamist-backed constitution have approved the document.

A tweet posted to the Brotherhood’s official account, posted early this morning, said the group’s tallies show nearly 57 per cent of voters had voted Yes on approving to the disputed charter.

The vote was held a day earlier in 10 of the country’s 27 provinces – but the voting has not yet concluded, as voting in the remaining provinces is not due to be held until next Saturday.

The Brotherhood’s prediction carries some weight, however, as the party has accurately predicted election results in the past.

The party is that of the ruling president, Mohammed Morsi.

The Brotherhood said 32 per cent of the country’s 26 million registered voters participated in Saturday’s polls.

A further 25 million voters are eligible to cast ballots next week.

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