Majority of Egyptians in Gulf vote yes on constitution

Expat voting results in the Gulf States for the constitutional referendum indicate a majority approval for the controversial draft.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported that in Jeddah, 80.81 percent voted yes, with 19.19 percent voting no; 67 percent voted in favor of the constitution in Muscat as opposed to 33 percent against it; and in Manama 63 percent of voters approved the constitution with 36 percent rejecting it.

In the United Arab Emirates, voting results in Dubai and the northern Emirates were announced separately from the results of Abu Dhabi and al-Ain, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. In Dubai, 53 percent voted no, while 47 percent voted yes, said Ambassador Sherif Badawy.

The vote counted ended on Monday evening in Abu Dhabi. Shoaieb Abdel Fattah, the media advisor to the Egyptian Embassy there, said that 51 percent voted against the constitution while 49 percent of voters approved it.

State-run news source MENA quoted the Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait Abdel Karim Soleiman as saying that 60.3 percent of voters there approved the draft, while 39.7 percent rejected it.

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