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Egyptians vote on divisive constitution

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Soldiers check the identity of voters and monitor flow into a polling station as Egyptian women line-up to cast their vote during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution on December 15, 2012 in Cairo.

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People look for their names at a polling station before casting their votes in Cairo on December 15, 2012.

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A woman proudly shows her ink-marked finger after voting for the referendum for a new constitution, at a polling station in Cairo on December 15, 2012.

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Men queue outside a polling center in Cairo on December 15, 2012.

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A girl waits with relatives queuing to vote at a polling station in central Cairo on December 15, 2012.

By NBC News wire services — Egyptians voted on Saturday on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a prolonged political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world's biggest nation.

ANALYSIS: As Egypt votes, what is at stake?

Lines formed outside polling stations in Cairo and other cities and soldiers joined police to secure the referendum process after deadly protests during the build-up. Street brawls again erupted on Friday in Alexandria, Egypt's second city. Read the full story

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