(CAIRO) -- Egypt's state TV says Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned.
The announcement was made when there was more than five hours to go of voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on a disputed, Islamist-backed 'constitution.'
Mekki, a career judge, had said in the past, he hoped to quit once the charter was formally 'adopted.' The new constitution eliminates the vice presidential post.
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