January 14, 2014

Why Egyptians Are Voting Away Their Freedom

Jared Malsin, Time

The Associated Press

The proposed constitution, drafted under a military-backed government in the months since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July, further insulates the police and armed forces from civilian control and could enshrine the military’s power within the Egyptian state for decades. Nearly three years after a popular uprising forced autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power, Egypt’s security state is triumphant once again.

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Salafists Are Egypt's Wild Card
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