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Alexandria Votes on Egypt’s Constitution

Conversations with voters in Egypt’s second-largest city showed the constitutional referendum is about more than approving or rejecting the controversial document. A dispatch from Alexandria for Al-Monitor.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — In line at polling stations, on tram cars and minibuses, and at cafes and corner shops, residents of this Mediterranean city discussed the controversial constitution that went to a vote Saturday in 10 of Egypt’s 27 governorates. Heated debates showed the lack of consensus among voters on the charter. Strong opinions expressed by these voters also indicated the extent to which some view the constitutional referendum — and the broader struggle over Egypt’s identity — as a zero-sum game.

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