Egypt’s new constitution - military might or liberal leeway? 10 key clauses scrutinized
In a significant development for Egypt’s interim government, a 50-member “secular” panel has approved a new draft constitution for Egypt. It’s been deliberated for months, and now that it has been finalized, it will be placed before Egyptian voters for a referendum and ratification in the coming months. The creation of the new constitution (many of the articles of the country’s previous constitution were seen as being discriminatory) is a major milestone in bringing back democratic rule to the Middle East’s most populous nation. Continue reading below »
The previous constitution, which was developed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, was scrapped following the military coup that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood leader on July 3.
Several articles of the constitution served as kindling to the revolutionary fires that engulfed Egypt this summer - but has the lengthy process that the new constitution has undergone since Morsi’s ouster breathed new life into the document? Just what do the articles included in the new constitution say and mean? Is the new constitution an inclusive document that will heal the sharp divide between the Muslim Brotherhood and the secularists? Or does the new constitution (like its predecessor) merely serve to further cement the position of those currently in power?
Questions, questions, questions.
Questions that we hope this political picture panel will answer - so put on your judicial cap as we take you through nine of the most significant and controversial clauses in Egypt’s new constitution.
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