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Egypt votes in referendum seen as key for army chief election bid

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Voting proceeded smoothly Wednesday in a referendum on a new Egyptian constitution after clashes killed nine people on day one, with turnout seen as key to a likely presidential bid by the army chief. 

An Egyptian street vendor sells the country's national flag and masks of Egypt's Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside a polling station on January 15, 2014 in the southern Cairo Giza district

There is little question the two-day vote will pass the new charter, which the military-installed interim authorities say provides greater protections for freedom of speech and women's rights, as the Islamist opposition has called a boycott.

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