The never-ending Egyptian revolution
Article added on December 3, 2012
Egypt's Prime Minister Hashem Kandil has just assured
Christiane Amanpour on CNN that the constitutional article that asked
for the Al-Ashar University to check the compatibility of future laws with
the Sharia is not mandatory. The Al-Ashar University will have a
Christiane Amanpour played a tape from before the president's election
showing Mohamed Morsi assuring that women's rights will be respected. Prime
Minister Hashem Kandil repeated again that the constitution puts men and
women on the same level and that women's rights will be respected. Kandil
also repeated that the president's extra-ordinary powers, which currently
put him above the judiciary in an unquestionable position, will end with the
referendum on the constitution scheduled for December 15, 2012.
So far, nobody looks great in this never-ending Egyptian revolution. The
Muslim Brotherhood seems on a road towards controlling all powers in Egypt.
seven decrees conferring President Morsi virtually
unlimited powers and the rush
towards adopting a new constitution are just two steps in this direction. On
the other hand,
the Constitutional Court and the Egyptian judges are not
only defending the rule of law and the separation of power, but they have
also been protecting members of the old and corrupt Mubarak-regime. The
judges have already dissolved the newly-elected parliament and where on the
way to do the same regarding the Constitutional Assembly. As for the
opposition, in the past, they had themselves called for action against
Egypt's top prosecutor as well as several judges who continued to protect
members of the Mubarak-regime. In the past, the moderate, secular, liberal,
Coptic and female opposition have been disunited, that's why they have lost
both the parliamentary and the
presidential election. Unite and form a credible alternative to the Muslim
Brotherhood and other religious parties.
Ever new gatherings in Tharir Square won't help. The Muslim Brotherhood,
President Morsi and Prime Minister Kandil should respect the rights of
women, minorities and religious minorities such as the Christians (Copts).
Democracy is not the tyranny of the majority.
The Constitutional Court, the general prosecutor and the judges in general
should be cleaned from remnants of the old regime in a transparent process.
The opposition should unite, fight with arguments and less in the streets.
The opposition should try to win both the referendum as well as the next
parliamentary election. In addition, the opposition has to come up with a
credible agenda that gives hope to the 40% of Egyptians living below the
poverty-line as well as the 40% of illiterate fellow citizens.
As long as the voters keep the last word in Egypt, hope for the
establishment of a fully-functioning democracy remains intact. A
never-ending revolution in a hysterical climate does not help anyone. All
sides have their fair share of culpability for the current mess. They should
all come to their senses, accept the decisions by the voters and respect
other opinions and beliefs (ideological, political, moral, religious, etc.).
If everyone respect the democratic process, Egypt will have a glorious
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