Egypt’s constitutional conundrum

Members of the assembly which drafted the new constitution

Members of the assembly which drafted the new constitution

 

Somewhat belatedly, here is a lucid, even-handed account of the crisis surrounding Egypt’s constitution – from the seemingly omnipresent Nathan Brown.

He questions whether Egypt’s fragile institutions are ready for the majoritarian democratic principles of the Muslim Brotherhood, though suggests that many among the liberal opposition have not always acted in good faith during their dealings with Egypt’s Islamists.

“The Islamists have pressed ahead,” he writes, “willing to throw some concessions to their rivals but not enough to truly bring them along. Even had [they] been willing to give more, it is not clear that there was any good-faith bargain to be had, since some members of the opposition have simply rejected earlier electoral outcomes as “unrepresentative.”

A detailed analysis of the problems which have been thrown up over the past few weeks.

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