The Continuing Power Play In Egypt

Nov 28 2012 @ 2:38pm

The Guardian reports that "Egypt's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly appears to trying to rush through a final draft of the constitution, in move that is likely to stoke further anger towards President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters." Abdel-Rahman Hussein says it appears to be another cynical power play:

It looks like Morsi is attempting some sort of pincer movement – giving Egyptians a stark choice to either pass the constitution he favours or continue to live with his newly-issued expansive powers. It's like he's created a crisis to usher people towards the solution he desires – a quick yes vote on the popular referendum to pass the constitution. I don't think it's going to be an acceptable way out for opposition forces who don't want Morsi to have sweeping powers, but don't want to pass a constitution written by a Brotherhood-dominated assembly.

The Arabist unpacks this new development:

Even if it's approved tomorrow, there has to be a referendum on it. Victory is not guaranteed and a referendum will take at least a couple of weeks to organize. The supervisory commission to run it would be difficult to form, because it has to include senior judges who would likely boycott it, and judges are supposed to also be present at polling stations. All this points to a royal mess, a constitution that has no legitimacy among a big part of the public, and gives the opportunity to the Salafis — whose votes the Brothers now need to approve the latest draft — to introduce modifications to the text.