(QHA) - The United States Congress allocated $1.3bn of military aid to be made available to Egypt in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014). Following the decision, the US could also provide an additional $250m to the Egyptian government for economic support, including $35m earmarked for higher education programmes, Daily News Egypt reported. This aid would be provided if the US administration finds an accord that Egypt "has held a constitutional referendum, and is taking steps to support a democratic transition in Egypt". Egyptians took to the polls on Tuesday to participate in the first of a two-day referendum on a new draft constitution. The previous constitution, which was passed during Morsi’s presidency, was suspended in July with his ouster. Washington withheld much of its aid, principally delivered in the form of payments to US arms manufacturers for deliveries to Egyptian forces, after a crackdown on opposition protesters last year.

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