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‘Islamists’ To Write New Egypt Constitution

From a blindsided Associated Press:

Egypt’s Islamists tighten their grip on power

By HAMZA HENDAWI
March 26, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s newly empowered Islamists have tightened their grip, giving themselves a majority on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a constitution that will define the shape of the government in the post-Hosni Mubarak era.

Led by the Muslim Brotherhood to victory in parliamentary elections, fundamentalists now have their eyes set on the next prize: the presidency.

Notice how during the campaigns and the elections the AP pretended that there were two competing ‘Islamist’ political parties, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. But now that they are safely in power, they don’t have to bother with this pretense any longer.

The new constitution will decide whether Islam will gain even more strength in Egypt, abandoning decades of secular traditions that made the nation a top U.S. ally and a bulwark against extremism.

The charter also will determine whether the decades-old system of a powerful president will be maintained, or instead, an empowered parliament under Islamist domination will set the tone.

A list of names published Sunday by the country’s official news agency showed that the panel will have nearly 60 Islamists, including 37 legislators selected the day before by parliament’s two chambers

Gee, we wonder how things will turn out.

By the way, we were told we didn’t have to worry about Egypt becoming an Islamist state. It’s almost as if we were lied to by our news media.

It also reinforced fears by secular and liberal Egyptians that the dominant parliamentary faction would pack the panel with supporters and ignore concerns of other groups, including the youth activists who spearheaded last year’s uprising against Mubarak’s authoritarian regime.

"The Brotherhood’s monopoly on setting the criteria for selecting the constitutional assembly leaves us skeptical of whatever promises they make," prominent rights activist Hafez Abu Saedah wrote on his Twitter account

We are shocked.

Liberal lawmakers, meanwhile, say a permanent constitution should not be written only by those who won a majority in a single election, but rather by representatives of Egyptians from all walks of life and ideological persuasions.

Some Islamists previously indicated that they would seek to write the constitution by "consensus," but the parliament’s two chambers jointly decided last week to allocate half of the panel’s seats to its own members, three-quarters of whom are Islamists.

These highly pious men lied?

About half of those are from the Brotherhood, which until now has been vague about what it wants the constitution to include. But they also include ultraconservatives known as Salafis, many of whom have called for the constitution to reflect hard-line interpretations of Islamic Sharia law. Such a move could lead to the revocation of relatively liberal family laws on divorce and other issues, and lower the minimum age for marriage for both sexes.

The country’s most prominent democracy advocate, Mohamed ElBaradei, was not included on the panel, though his public opposition to Mubarak’s regime in the year leading up to its overthrow injected energy into the youth groups that engineered last year’s uprising.

What a laugh.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “‘Islamists’ To Write New Egypt Constitution”

  1. Arab spring leads to sharia summer. Whoda thunk?

  2. Liberals Demise

    One wonders if Obama Health Care falls somewhere in it where as the American taxpayer shoulders the burden. Hmmmm…….

  3. The Redneck

    And while this uprising was (according to Obama) worthy of American aid, the one in Syria–where a brutal dictator who sponsors terrorism is slaughtering his own people–ain’t even a blip on the radar.




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