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Egypt panel votes on divisive charter

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An Egyptian panel was rushing through on Thursday approval of a new constitution at the centre of a political crisis pitting the Islamist president against the opposition, which has threatened more protests. 

Protesters' tents are seen in Egypt's Tahrir Square on the third day of protest over President Mohamed Morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping powers until the new constitution is ratified in a referendum.

By early evening, the constituent assembly, which has been boycotted by liberals and Christians, had approved almost half of the 234 articles, including an unanimous decision to retain the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislation.

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