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Deadly Protests Don’t Deter Voters on Egypt Referendum’s 2nd Day

Egyptians lined up to vote in a referendum on a new constitution Wednesday, a day after violent protests by supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi aimed to disrupt the ballot.

The vote is a milestone in a military-backed political roadmap toward new elections for a president and a test of public opinion on the coup that removed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood from power last July.

Drafted by a committee dominated by secular-leaning politicians and experts appointed by the military-backed government, the draft bans political parties based on religion, limits the role of Islamic law in legislation and gives women equal rights.

- The Associated Press