Political factions both for and against Egypt's draft constitution agreed Sunday that it has likely been approved by those participating in the two-part referendum conducted Saturday and Dec. 15.

The Muslim Brotherhood, a supporter of the proposed constitution, said on Twitter: "Final results of phases 1&2 of referendum, and after adding expats votes: YES 64% (10,655,332) NO 36% (6,029,617)."

The National Salvation Front, an opponent of the proposed constitution, agreed it probably was passed by the voters, with one of its representatives telling Reuters, "They [the Islamists] are ruling the country, running the vote, and influencing the people, so what else could we expect?"

Egypt's Constitutional Referendum-Bani Sweif-12.12.22

Officials count ballots after the polls closed Saturday during the final stage of Egypt's constitutional referendum in Bani Sweif, about 71 miles south of Cairo.

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Challenges of the new constitution are anticipated.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Vice President Mahmoud Mekki announced his resignation during the referendum Saturday, thus becoming the latest high-ranking official to leave the administration of President Mohammed Morsi during the past month. Mekki, a former judge who was appointed vice president in August, said the "nature of politics" did not suit his professional background, according to BBC News.

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Final results of the constitutional vote are expected to be announced Monday.