No Compromise on Egypt's Constitution

No Compromise on Egypt's Constitution

If you believe the government and the newly dominant Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's constitution is about to be finalised. The draft released this week, the product of four months of deliberation and haggling, represents a centrist consensus. While there is no full agreement, "we have agreed on over 90 per cent" of its content, Amr Darrag, the constituent assembly's secretary general and a Muslim Brotherhood member, told me last week.

The remaining points of disagreements will be ironed out over the next few weeks, and a coalition of moderate Islamists and moderate secularists should approve the text by the end of next month. Then it will finally be put to a national referendum and should have no trouble being approved by an overwhelming majority of voters.

The trouble with this scenario is that it is completely out of touch with the reality of Egyptian politics today.


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