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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Egypt's Constitutional Hell Nears End


The months long battle over Egypt's proposed post-Mubarak constitution will reach its climax the next two Saturday's as millions of citizens head to their local polls and cast their ballots under the opposition's threats of boycotts and judge's refusals to monitor polling sites.

There is little to applaud of Egypt's entire constitutional process thus far, as the opposition left the draft working to islamists after it was apparent their viewpoints were not going to be heard and Morsi essentially declared war on democracy when he decreed himself the right to legislate and not be challenged last month, which has resulted in a proposal unfriendly to individual liberties.

And then you add the violent street clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition and we have a constitutional vote upcoming amid such intensity as few could have predicted when this entire process initiated with the fall of Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. 

Sadly, the opposition likely has little chance of blocking ratification, as the Brotherhood's strength and organization cannot be challenged by the secularists and liberals standing so strongly against this horrific proposal, that has likely seen the government break every pre-establish rule and law to pass at their terms on their timeline.

Should be interesting to see how the results effect Egypt's shattered public discourse.

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