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UPDATED: 21:16, March 27, 2007
Egyptian president says constitutional amendments support domestic reforms
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday stressed that the current constitutional changes are coming to develop the country's constitutional structure in a way that will support its ambitious economic, political and social reforms.

In a nationwide address after the official announcement of the results of Monday's referendum on constitutional amendments, Mubarak said that the outcome of the polling expressed the people's adherence to their dreams of a better future.

Egyptians are embarking on a new era of life due to those amendments which have gained legitimacy out of the free will of the Egyptian people and are opening the doors for more work to develop Egypt's constitutional structure, the president said.

The amendments will buoy up the continued process to bring about political, economic and social reforms, Mubarak added.

Egyptian Justice Minister Mamdouh Mohieddin Marai announced on Tuesday that 75.9 percent of voters in Monday's national referendum said yes to the constitutional amendments, with a turnout of 27.1 percent of Egypt's 35.4 million eligible voters.

The referendum came one week after Egypt's 454-seat parliament approved the amendments of 34 constitutional articles, with a vote of 315 in favor.

The amendments, which Mubarak said was the largest change in the constitution since 1971, involve many political spheres, including bans on formation of political parties based on "any religious reference or basis."

Major changes also include an anti-terrorism clause, designed to replace the existing emergency law in place since 1981, which gives Mubarak the right to refer "terrorism criminals" to any court.

Source: Xinhua

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