Large turnout for Egypt's constitutional referendum
19-Mar-2011 (one comment)

Long queues are reported at polling stations across Egypt for a referendum on constitutional reforms.

The vote is the first practical result of the uprising which swept President Hosni Mubarak from power last month.

A BBC correspondent in Cairo says that for most Egyptians, this is the first genuinely free vote in their lives.

A large crowd attacked Nobel Peace Price winner and opposition figurehead Mohamed ElBaradei as he tried to cast his vote at a polling station in Cairo.

"We don't want you, we don't want you," a crowd of youths chanted while hurling stones at his car, according to the Reuters news agency.

It is not clear if Mr ElBaradei was prevented from casting his vote.

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Hmm ... So Democracy is compatible with racism ?

by Darius Kadivar on

According to the Constitutional changes suggested Presidential candidates cannot be married to non Egyptians if they wish to run for office.

So let me understand does that mean that Democracy is compatible with racism ?

Both Mubarak's wife Suzanne Mubarak  and Sadat's wife Jehan Al Sadat  are half British by their  respective mothers. Coincidence ?