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  • Egyptians approve the controversial Islamist constitution
  • Russia says that Syria's chemical weapons are under control

Egyptians approve the controversial Islamist constitution

The official results won't be available until Monday, but the Muslim Brotherhood and others are saying that Egyptians voted "YES" in the referendum to approve the new draft constitution, by a landslide vote of over 64%. The vote was conducted on two consecutive Saturdays, last Saturday in the urban areas, and yesterday in the rural areas. The draft constitution is considered controversial because it was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood itself, and contains many clauses that reflect strict Islamic Sharia law. Al-Ahram (Cairo)

Russia says that Syria's chemical weapons are under control

Two weeks ago, intelligence reports were indicating that the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad was moving its stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, giving rise to fear in the West that al-Assad was repositioning them in order to use them against Syrian rebel forces. However, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that they were moved in order to bring them under stricter control: 

So far according to our information, which correlates with Western data, the weapons are under control. The Syrian authorities have concentrated these stockpiles in one or two centers. Previously they were scattered around the country.

Our American colleagues acknowledge that the main threat is if (the chemical weapons) are seized by the insurgents. For us this is very serious. We check every rumor that concerns chemical weapons.

Lavrov also referred to "Russian military advisers training Syria's military." Debka connects the dots in these statements to conclude that the Russians themselves have taken control of the chemical weapons in Syria.

Lavrov also said that the Americans and Europeans are secretly pleased that Russia and China have been blocking resolutions in the United Nations Security Council.

"No one has any appetite for intervention. Behind the scenes, I have a feeling they are praying that Russia and China go on blocking intervention, as sanctioning it would mean they must act – and they are not ready."

Lavrov is also denying that al-Assad is welcome to take refuge in Russia, if he decides to step down.

AFP and Debka and Russia Today

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