No big surprise there. But only 32 percent turnout? Is the level of indifference in Egypt really that high, or do most Egyptians figure the Sharia die is cast and there is nothing they can do about it now?
"Egypt Islamists say charter passed in referendum," from AFP, December 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
CAIRO — A majority of Egyptians have backed a controversial new charter in a two-round referendum that deeply polarised the country, ruling Islamists and the official media said on Sunday.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which President Mohamed Morsi hails from, and the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported that about 64 percent of vote cast were in favour of the charter, according to preliminary results from Sunday's second round of voting.
Turnout over both rounds was roughly 32 percent, according to the Muslim Brotherhood figures posted on its Twitter account.
The results are based on reports from returning officials from all but a few stations over the two rounds, which were held a week apart. The election committee will announce the official final results within two days.
The new constitution, drafted by an Islamist-dominated council boycotted by Christians and liberals, is expected to go into effect this week....