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Egypt’s Constitution Will Be Rewritten

From an unfazed Agence France-Presse:

A Cairo resident signed his name before voting in a referendum on 34 proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution in March 2007.

Egypt activists and army discuss reforms

by Jailan Zayan
February 14, 2011

CAIRO (AFP) – The Internet activists who triggered Egypt’s popular uprising said Monday they have discussed reforms with the country’s new military rulers, a day after the generals dissolved Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

As the elderly generals and the youthful online campaigners sought to map out the country’s future, a wave strikes and protests swept several public and private sector industries as workers pressed demands for pay rises

What patience, huh?

The cyber campaigners said the junta, which suspended the constitution on Sunday, vowed to rewrite it within 10 days and put it to a referendum within two months, in line with the protesters’ demands for democratic change.

Don’t worry. As Mr. Obama said on Friday, “this is the way real democracy works.” Besides, ten days is plenty enough time to get it right. Especially if the Muslim Brotherhood has already worked up a rough draft.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has set a six-month timetable for holding national elections but said the cabinet Mubarak hastily appointed on January 31 — headed by a former airforce commander — would stay on…

The sweeping changes announced by the council dismantled the political system that underpinned Mubarak’s 30-year rule, which ended on Friday when he was driven from power after the 18-day pro-democracy uprising.

The dissolved legislative body was seen as illegitimate following elections last year that were marred by widespread allegations of fraud and gave Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) an overwhelming majority.

The protesters had also demanded the overhaul of the constitution, which limited who could stand as a candidate in elections and made it virtually impossible for the opposition to seriously challenge the NDP

As we have noted before, one of the previous constitution’s ‘limitations’ was that it prohibited political parties based on religion. Consequently, as of this moment the Muslim Brotherhood has no candidates running for the upcoming elections.

But that soon might change.

Several members of the previous government, including sacked prime minister Ahmed Nazif and widely hated interior minister Habib al-Adly, have been banned from leaving the country by authorities investigating graft allegations.

Hundreds of members of Mubarak’s police force — which was widely viewed as corrupt and brutal — are protesting to demand that Adly, their former boss, be publicly executed in a bid to show their solidarity with the uprising

But they will be sure to give him a fair trial first. After all, the rule of law must be respected.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Egypt’s Constitution Will Be Rewritten”

  1. proreason says:

    “As the elderly generals and the youthful online campaigners sought to map out the country’s future, a wave strikes and protests swept several public and private sector industries as workers pressed demands for pay rises”

    yes. Every good anarchist / marxist / MB’er knows that the time to strike is when the iron is hot.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    ” As Mr. Obama said on Friday, “this is the way real democracy works.” ”

    He is right, mob rule is how a real democracy works. That is why every democracy has failed.

    Democracy, two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

    • proreason says:

      good point

      Little lenin just LOVES chaos.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Very well said.

      Our nation’s framers found Greek-style Democracy repulsive. At the time of the Constitution, the unrest was already brewing that would become the horrific French Revolution. They were well aware of the perils of mob rule. Thank goodness for Hamilton, Washington, and the Federalists.

      As were they aware of the perils of Ethical Naturalism and Humanism, the philosophies that I believe continue to guide most Western Democrats (not necessarily the Far Left). Pure Humanism leads to nothing more than the tyranny of the strongest social demographic since that’s how power is acquired in that system, be they united by race (humanist Nazis), economics/culture (your average Democrat constituency), religion or non-religion (secular humanists). The goal of Humanism and by extension pure Democracy is raw freedom, equality, and ‘scientific morality,’ but it accomplishes nothing but Tribalism and ostensibly Anarchy in practice. It’s a belief-system founded in wholly unrealistic optimism in the good will of others, one which ignores every practical reality about the nature of self-governance and interpersonal economic/social behavior.

  3. JS says:

    As we like to say here, “we get the goverment we deserve.” Might be for good or ill but in the end it really is none of the US’s business. We go on and on about government here picking winners and losers by socializing our private ecconomy. Well, the US proping up Mubarak for 30+ years with foriegn aid, tanks and fighter jets is nothing but socialized government, and look where it has gotten us. How will the US shaping the next government end any better?

    8 years ago I though countries like Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia weren’t hopeless. Now in 2011 I think differently. We need to quit meddling in foriegn countries affairs and let them choose the government they wish to live under. In the end we might not like that government but atleast we won’t be blamed when they oppress political discent and kill its people in the street with US made rifles.

    The US needs to take a more Wilsonian policy towards the middle east that reflects the foriegn policy our founders like Jefferson and Washington wanted. That is neutrality. We will trade with all but protect our direct interests according to US national security.

    Nations do not have friends, but if you believe that then your “friends” will pick your enemies, and we do seem to have a lot of “enemies” lately.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “In the end we might not like that government but atleast we won’t be blamed when they oppress political discent and kill its people in the street with US made rifles.”

      In the end we’ll be fighting them anyway, except they’ll have the resources of an increasingly larger, more ruthless empire. And they’ll be using US made rifles regardless. Because it’s the best.

    • JS says:

      If you really believe that then we might as well get our religious war against Islam started now. I few well placed nukes would be a good start.

    • proreason says:

      nukes aren’t necessary.

      Mushareff folded to Cheney immediately. The leader of all of the Middle Eastern countries appreaciate their palances and virgins, which sure beat tents and goats. That includes the Mullahs.

      All it would take would be a resolute American leader, more resolute then dubya. In the case of Iran, it might take some force, but not nukes.

      The other necessary ingredient would be some appeasement of China and Russia, probably giving them more than half the oil.

      Think about it this way. Imagine somebody moves into the house next door and they begin terrorizing the neighborhood. You are the Chief of Police. They are pakistani dwarfs. You warn them over and over to stop the terror. Say it goes on for a year and all of the neigborhood pets are dead; their garages are stuffed with the neighborhood’s power tools; many teenage girls have been raped; you know they are building gatling guns in their house; they have 20 pit bulls who run wild; they scream all night about how much they hate their neighbors and that they are going to kill everybody. What would you, the Chief of Police, do about the dwarfs?


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