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Egyptian expatriates vote on constitution referendum

CAIRO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Egyptians living abroad began casting their votes Wednesday on the new constitution, officials said.

Voting began at 9 a.m. in each country, local time, and was scheduled to last through Sunday, Aswat Masriya reported.

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Roughly 681,000 Egyptian expatriates in 161 countries were eligible to vote.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said a team in Cairo was appointed to monitor the voting process.

The amended constitution was written by a 50-member assembly and President Adli Mansour called for a public vote to approve it. Domestic voting is set for Jan. 14-15.

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