• ‘Egypt’s New Constitution to be passed to president on Tuesday, opening the way for presidential elections first’
    “Reaction to the new constitution was varied, a reflection of both the document itself and Egyptian society. Here is a cross-sample of comments, ranging from film directors to religious leaders:

    Ahmed Khairy, workers representative, conceded that “although workers and farmers did not get all they wanted,” nevertheless they would still accept “the new constitution as the best guarantee of their rights.” Khairy announced that that a new workers part was in the process of being established and that it was expected to draw endorsement from 12,000 workers in the initial stages.

    Khaled Youssef, film director, said that “this constitution comes to realise possible – rather than – absolute dreams.” Youssef urged the Committee of 50 to adopt an initiative aimed at bridging differences among the 30 June revolutionary forces to help Egypt move forward in the new stage.

    Mahmoud Badr, Tamarod representative, said that the political movement will launch a Know Your Constitution campaign across Egypt. “Just as were able to collect millions of signatures in favor of toppling the Muslim Brotherhood’s fascist regime, we will launch this campaign to garner support for the new constitution,” he said.

    Abdallah Al-Naggar, professor of Islamic Sharia at Al-Azhar, said that “this is not a constitution for a group or a tribe but a constitution for all Egyptians” . He also praised the new constitution for giving Al-Azhar an absolute role in disseminating Islam, a move he feels will prevent other groups from spreading a radical brand of the religion.

    Mohamed Ibrahim Mansour, representative of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party, expressed his thanks to God and to the committee that the constitution has maintained the principles of Islamic Sharia. “This is the [principle] which expresses the identity of the Egyptian people and it cannot be waived,” he said.

    Bishop Paula, the committee’s Coptic Church representative, who threatened to withdraw several times, said that a sense of belonging to Egypt forced him and others to reach a consensus over the new constitution. “A love for this country urged us to do this,” he said.

    Mohamed Abul-Ghar, chairman of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, expressed his happiness that for the first time, the Egyptian constitution states that Egypt is a civil state. “I am also proud to say that the chapter on freedoms and rights is much better than in free countries like France and Italy,” he said.

    Ali Awad, constitutional advisor for interim president Adly Mansour, stressed that while “the new constitution might not be 100 percent perfect, all should remember that it is a human product.”                                                                   (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/88093/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-new-constitution-to-be-passed-to-president-.aspx)

  • ‘Tamarod: From rebellious youth to political actors'”The word Tamarod, Arabic for rebellion, essentially means to not settle for the least and to speak out against oppression and dictatorship. In the current moment, many are accusing Tamarod of blindly supporting Egypt’s new authorities. The young revolutionary face of June 30 has been a strong supporter of the interim-government’s roadmap for the transitional period.

    Mohammed Abdel Aziz and Mahmoud Badr, two of the group founders, are representatives in the 50-member committee assigned to amend the constitution. The group has also repeatedly spoken in favour of the presidential candidacy of Military Chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sissy.”                                                      (http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/151/85217/Egypt/Features/Tamarod-From-rebellious-youth-to-political-actors.aspx)

  • ‘Egypt’s Judges are slaying the judiciary’
    The article alleges that the Egyptian judiciary has been politicized under the current military rulers of Egypt, taking its orders from the ruling elite rather than serving justice.  (https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/blogs/politics/8644-egypts-judges-are-slaying-the-judiciary)
  • ‘Corruption in Egypt remains high: Transparency International’

“Both this year and last, Egypt scored a 32, placing it 114 out of 177 countries.Most of the reasons for this year’s low score were attributed to the ruling period of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The report viewed the 30 June protests against Morsi’s rule as evidence that the government had not taken enough steps, or any, towards battling corruption and cronyism.” (http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/88169.aspx)

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About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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