Arab States Review Dec 22nd 2012 – Jan 4th 2013

A controversial constitution won the approval of 64% of Egyptians in a national referendum. Critics say the constitution favours Islamists and ignores the rights of minorities. The turnout was less than 33%. Parliamentary elections are to be held next month, where secular opposition hopes to perform better.

At least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war, according to the UN’s commissioner for human rights.

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