Majority of Egyptians against constitutional amendments, says poll

Fifty-seven percent of Egyptians are opposed to the constitutional amendments recommended by the committee appointed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, according to a government poll. 

Published on a government website, the poll said that 24,121 Egyptians (57 percent of the total number of voters) voted against the amendments, while 15,173 Egyptians (37 percent) supported them. Five percent were undecided. 

Several political experts in Egypt called for a rejection of the proposed amendments, saying they would essentially maintain the 1971 constitution, which among other weaknesses gives extensive powers to the president. 

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