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Marcos foes take comfort in low referendum turnout

Philippines election officials said Wednesday final results of last week's constitutional referendum showed 45 percent of voters had turned out, a result seen as a plus for opponents of President Marcos.

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After polling closed Friday, the Commission on Elections said 70 percent of the country's 30 million registered voters had taken part.

The opposition had urged a boycott of the referendum as a protest against the Marcos regime.