Egypt's opposition rejects constitutional referendum

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Janeallen wrote:

What took him so long?

Dec 08, 2012 10:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Elibrachy wrote:

Still going on with a referendum on his drafted constitution that is widly rejected. People have no trust that that the process would be fair and just. With 40% illiterate, results of referendums depend on bribes and corruption.

Dec 09, 2012 12:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
elven_archer wrote:

You know El-Baradei described this draft constitution as “miserable political folklore” and “destined to the trash pile of history”…

Dec 09, 2012 5:45am EST  --  Report as abuse

It is not enough to become the President or Prime Minister of a country because first of all the person must not be power hungry, be of sound brain, good character and must not be intellectually corrupt. and finally must be very sharp in uptake and intelligent.

Anyone who does no understand the reaction of his every act by his opponent and gives chance to demand his decree should not have ever issued such decree, because it makes own position controversial and weak. In addition, it definitely does not speak well of a seasoned politician.

It is advisable to solve the political issues by political dialogs not by confrontation. Why not discuss and come to an amicable solution.

Dec 09, 2012 8:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

It’s the Constitution stupid . . . The Decree was merely a warning that he was about to do something indefensible and would need those powers to make THAT happen.

Dec 09, 2012 8:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
reality-again wrote:

Mursi failed once, big time.
Now pretty much everyone suspects him of being a potential despot, but he still has a second chance to prove he’s a statesman who works for the people of his county as a whole, and not just for the political party that brought him to power.
As for the Egyptians who rally for democracy, they know what expects them if they fail: An Iran style nightmare.

Dec 09, 2012 10:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

The average Egyptian is of the highest intelligence level of any Islamic nation. I had spoke with average sunnis, shias & copts. They want FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY. Notice there is a women sitting on the high council, without her face covered? Notice their demonstrations were peaceful? Mursi leans toward moderate, only to gain support from the opposition. The people know not to trust him.

Dec 09, 2012 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

Thank God for Islamic Extremism. Wait. I’ll explain. As much as the Islamist try to deny and deceive the world of their violent and jihadist agenda, they almost always screw up and tell everyone what they’ve been wanting all along, all due to their hotheadedness. This can be seen all throughout the Islamic World, where either Al khaida, Hamas, Iran, Hizbullah, will be unable to hold in their blood lusting desires and come clean and say it quite openly: Yes, my friends, we, the people of “the most peaceful religion in the world”, want to kill you. God Bless ‘em. You just gotta love these guys for their honesty. Put another way: Thank God for Islamic Extremism.

Dec 09, 2012 11:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
chris87654 wrote:

What else should be expected from an Islamist.. get foot in door then make it an Islamic nation, which will be interpreted any way the head cleric decides – could be peaceful (like Jordan) or crazy (like Iran).

Dec 09, 2012 12:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
walfourth wrote:

Embracing Diversity? lol

Dec 09, 2012 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Sounds like a tyranny of the majority in Egypt, much like the tyranny of the welfare/food stamp majority we have here in the states, where we have the self-righteous on food stamps sticking it to “the wealthy” (whoever that is).

Why should anybody who supports Obama have any problem with this whatsoever… Same thing different country.

Dec 09, 2012 1:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:

The so-called opposition made of the sore losers of the democratic elections and of the minions of the toppled US backed dictatorship seems like an awful bunch of doomsayers and anti-democratic opportunists. Funny to see our ‘free press’ being their mouthpiece for all their intellectually dishonest drivels and allegations.

Dec 09, 2012 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I dont understand. President Mursi has a majority (as slim as that of President Obama or Prime MInister Cameron). His party drafted a constitution (as the current co-allition draft Bills in Parliament). He is proposing a vote on said constitution. The people will decide on whether it is right or not. Surely even the Egyptians can understand that this is how democracy works?
PS Elibrachy I am afraid illiteracy does not take away the right to vote, at least not since the introduction of universal suffrage.

Dec 09, 2012 2:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

@retired_sandman, The difference being we have a Constitution. And woe is me, the tyranny of the poor in electing their own to rule us. Just like Venezuela? Except we have a millionaire President, along with nearly half of Congress.

Dec 09, 2012 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Pedant wrote:

@retired_sandman: The majority of the US population are not on welfare or food stamps, unless you count use of socialized roadways as ‘welfare’.

Dec 09, 2012 3:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse


49.1% of americans received public assistance in the first quarter of 2011.

By now it’s a majority given the rate of increase.

I’m sorry, but you are simply WRONG.

Dec 09, 2012 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse


I’m sorry, but it’s a perversion of democracy to have a majority on the public dole voting themselves benefits at the expense of the minority that actually produces. Perhaps we should consider denying voting rights to anybody of working age on public assistance. They can get their rights back when they are self-sufficient. We don’t let children vote. They are simply children of the nanny state in adult bodies.

It is a food stamp tyranny.

Dec 09, 2012 4:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse

49.1% on some form of public assistance in Q1 2011.

It’s a majority by now, considering the rate of increase this has had.

Dec 09, 2012 4:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse

It is tyranny of majority as someone briliantly noticed, and nobody can prevent Egypt for becoming democracy with islamic characteristics.
It changes geopolitics of Middle East as relations with US will be much colder in the future. (the same process is going on everywhere in ME, bar absolutistic petro-monarchies like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Quatar etc. they will back US to the last heir of the throne alive).
Of course for Egyptians not everything will be easy. It will soon be discovered that their major islamic parties have ties with terrorist organizations Al-Quaida and Marsians. Additionally some WMD will be allegedly discovered. Both facts with big publicity, also here at Reuters, just wait a few months.

Dec 09, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kenrake wrote:

God forbid that the referendum goes ahead. It will be mayhem for sure.
Islamic groups like the Muslim brotherhood will be a dangerous move against a democratic society. They live in the stone age and will pass Sharia law!

Dec 09, 2012 6:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OmarMinyawi wrote:


Dec 09, 2012 8:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MassResident wrote:

The root of all evil is not money: it is the lust for power over others.

Democracy doesn’t mean that a 51% majority can impose it’s religious beliefs on the other 49%. The founders of this country were as afraid of the “tyranny of the majority” as of any other kind of tyranny. That is why we have a constitution that required a super majority to ratify it or to amend it. The Egyptians could fix the problem by requiring a large enough majority for ratification to ensure that the concerns of everyone were addressed but some people would rather live with civil war or the kind of ongoing civil strife that exists in Iran and Iraq in exchange of imposing their will on others.

Dec 09, 2012 10:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JayTParker wrote:

Politics, Religion, War. What a pathetic pattern.

Dec 10, 2012 1:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

It is a blatant lie to claim that the draft constitution is widely rejected. All the available polls show that the majority of Egyptians are in favor of the draft. Just a couple of days ago,a Social Psychology center in one of Egypt’s universities has released its results of 11,800 in favor; around 500 not in favor and 1,500 abstaining. As for El-Baradei he is widely disrespected among the Egyptians,whom they believe is a liar and out of touch. Any close observer can tell they don’t give a hoot what the man says.

Dec 10, 2012 4:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

Politics; Religion, War. What a pathetic pattern. Reminds me of G. Dubya and the Republicans.

Dec 10, 2012 4:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

Many posts here seem to be linking Politics and Islam in a very negative way especially in connection with Mid-East politics. I wonder why isn’t Israel’s extremist religious leaders are never invoked nor mentioned in that very contest. After all, the basis for Israel’s politics is their religious beliefs.

Dec 10, 2012 4:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

Sensi, I couldn’t have said it better.

Dec 10, 2012 4:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

retired_sandman: I think you’ll be flabbergasted when you learn that the majority of the opposition in Egypt, are actually ex-communists and Nasserites.

Dec 10, 2012 4:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlecHamesh wrote:

Of all people Japan-Viewer, I am so confused, Japan was nuked by those who claim that they turn the other cheek. The muslims according to you are not so peaceful as they claim. WWII claimed 50 million lives, how many were due to muslims?? Learn your facts

Dec 10, 2012 4:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
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