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Good Turnout for U.S. Egyptians Voting on New Constitution
by Linda Keay
Egyptian citizens finished up five days of voting for a constitutional referendum in consulates across the U.S. on Sunday (New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago and San Francisco). The full vote takes place in Egypt today and tomorrow.
On Sunday voters steadily streamed into the New York consulate on 59th Street and Second Avenue, some draped in flags, young, elderly (including a determined wheelchair bound voter coming in on a bus from St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in New Jersey).
Ahmed Mohamed Sharaf, spokesman for the Egypt's United Nations mission, estimated there had been about 2,500 voters at the New York consulate. That was high compared to the last constitutional vote, said Ahmed Farouq, Consul General of Egypt in New York. The Egyptian people "are very determined to move forward in the next phase," he said.
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