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Egypt In transition

Daniel Berehulak http://www.cnpps.org 2013-03-23 19:25:17 

    A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood overcome by emotion is carried onto the stage as Egyptians celebrate the election of their new president Mohamad Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on June 24, 2012 .

    After 2011’s Arab spring and the ousting of Military ruler Hosni Mubarak, the people of Egypt went to the polls to vote for a democratically elected President in June of this year. The Muslim brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of the run-off presidential election over the Mubarak holdover candidate Ahmed Shafiq. Egyptians celebrated in the streets hailing themselves victors of the revolution.

    Newly elected president Morsi in a bid to gain greater power over the interim Military council Scaf, before a constitution being drafted last August, took the nation by surprise. President Morsi cancelled Scaf's constitutional declaration and transferred full executive and legislative authority from the military council to himself. Demonstrations ensued across Egypt against the country's draft constitution, rushed through parliament in an overnight session on November 29. The country's new draft constitution, passed by a constitutional assembly dominated by Islamists, went to referendum vote to be won by the Muslim brotherhood. In December of 2012. On the most controversial issue, the draft constitution said that "the principles of Islamic law" should be the guiding principle for Egyptian law. Which was the same wording as in the old, Mubarak-era, constitution. Liberals are also concerned about a number of other articles they say could curtail freedom and lean the country towards Islamism.

    The road ahead still remains a long one, the future of Egypt as a fledgling democracy is still uncertain under the rule of their first democratically elected President.

[editor: 付伟 ]