Egyptians approve constitution change: source

Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:08pm GMT

CAIRO (Reuters) - Preliminary indications show a majority of Egyptians who voted in a referendum backed constitutional changes that will allow Egypt's military rulers to move swiftly to elections, a judicial source said on Sunday.

A parliamentary vote, if the referendum result is confirmed, could now take place as early as September.

"The preliminary indication of the result a few hours before the official announcement is that turn out nears 60 percent and 70 percent voted 'yes', 4 percent were invalid votes and 26 percent said 'no'," a judiciary source told Reuters.

The Muslim Brotherhood and remnants of former President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party called for a 'yes' vote, and analysts said they would benefit most from an early parliamentary election. Reformers urged a 'no' vote saying they wanted the constitution re-written.

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