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Friday, December 28, 2012
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Morsi after referendum

He has a tightrope to walk

Despite calls by President Morsi to “begin building our country's rebirth with free will…men, women, Muslims and Christians”, Egypt's populace has never been so divided on the issue of freedom from authoritarian rule the fundamental pillar of the Egyptian spring that toppled the Mubarak regime. The referendum that was won by the Muslim brotherhood brought to light some interesting facts. According to the Egyptian election commission, while 60 percent of the people who voted backed the constitution. Of that figure, 36 percent of the total votes cast were against the new constitution. But the turnout was 30 percent.

Today, Egypt is a nation divided. The main opposition to the new constitution is based on the argument that the “Sharia” remains the main source of legislation. Although the new constitution has embedded in it rights of all religions, namely Judaism, Christianity and the dominant religion Islam to be protected by the State, fears abound that the document will be used to favour Islamists over that of other religious groups and adversely affect women's rights. What ought to be remembered is that a people that has experienced such major political upheaval in the immediate past a revolution that brought the country out of a decades old one-party rule will not take matters sitting down.

Allegations of fraud and a shaky Egyptian economy are not helping matters. The constitution is a 63-page document with some 236 articles covering every aspect from rights to religion. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that 40 percent of the population lacks literacy. There is also the urban-rural divide. While the Muslim Brotherhood commands great respect in the countryside, it is a different matter with the Alexandrians and residents of the capital city.

In the final analysis, Morsi has his work cut out. What ordinary Egyptians fear most of all is that the country does not slide back into autocracy. And the economy that has been in the red since the revolutionary days needs urgent reprieve. A tall order, a tightrope that must be carefully navigated by the President-elect if Egypt is to emerge as a nation built on the pillars of democracy.

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Egypt is the land of many Prophets and diversification of religion is only natural as they can exist harmoniously side by side without having any upheaval whatsoever. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are able to live together side by side. It is a simple matter of continuity and if those politician and administrative leaders played their parts responsively, there won’t be any problem. The unity is the main feature and when outsiders see fractures in those relations, they just start playing their dirty game. If Egyptians were careful and united under their present leadership and shorted their differences positively one by one with time within the guidance of their individual religion, we all will see Egypt emerging out very strong.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

Egypt is hobbling with the medieval concepts of Sharia in so much of a document as their Constitution.

: ShamimH

Comments

  • Dev Saha
    Friday, December 28, 2012 01:44 AM GMT+06:00 (68 weeks ago)

    It is sad to say that an elected man has taken a back door to introduce his way.

  • Shah Deeldar
    Friday, December 28, 2012 02:01 AM GMT+06:00 (68 weeks ago)

    The way constitution is drafted and voted is totally unacceptable. Hardly any real democratic pillar has been built with zero participation from the opposition camp.


 

 


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