After democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by military forces on July 3, 2013, turmoil continues beleaguering the Egyptians with violent and deadly protests from his supporters.
Morsi was subsequently arrested two months later, on September 1, 2013, and charged with “inciting deadly violence” against opposing protesters during his one year stint.
The Muslim leader had a constitution drafted by an Islamic-led panel that exclusively shadowed the law of the Quran, and ultimately, Islam. This comes as no surprise as Morsi was Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), a faction founded, and guided by the Muslim Brotherhood since 2011. Egyptians suffered circadian disorder that paved the way for Morsi’s unseating in July.
Morsi was replaced by Adly Mansour— prevailing head judge of the Supreme Constitutional Court—as the military appointed interim President until future elections could take place.
Following his inaugural, Mansour began articulating his intentions as the new leader of Egypt by forming a 50-member Constituent Assembly committee to draft a new constitution in order to attain a democratic state. The completed draft was finalized on December 3, and a referendum was scheduled for January 14-15 to replace the dilapidated constitution.
Both President Adly Mansour, and Chairman of the panel, Amr Moussa, urge all Egyptians to come out and vote, and to vote ‘Yes’ for the upcoming charter, in order to achieve unity among its citizens.
Mansour pleaded during a recent public address to “join the national march and stop chasing mirages and illusions.”
On Saturday, Moussa stated, “This constitution is for all Egyptians and all political groups are welcome to participate.”
Seven members of the Constituent Assembly attended a recent press conference at the State Information Service headquarters in Nasr City to help promote the amended constitution.
Assembly member, and Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, Azza Al-Ashmawi, stated, “For the first time in Egyptian history, discriminatory acts against women and race are tackled in a constitution. These acts are incriminated by law as per the draft constitution.”
Spokesman for the assembly, Mohamed Salmawy, stated, “This constitution reflects Egypt’s religiosity; however, more than any previous ones, it lays the foundation for a civil state through articles that stipulate the banning of religious-based parties.”
And most intriguing, deputy in the 50-member committee, former leading Muslim Brotherhood figure, Kamal El-Helbawy, stated in a recent interview, “The 2013 constitution will be a completely new one. We seek to produce a constitution for all Egyptians, not for any single faction or group.”
Dr. Helbawy continues to state during the one-on-one interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, that the FJP and Muslim Brotherhood had their chance, and failed at their attempt to govern the nation.
By promoting, allowing, and instigating violence, the FJP and Muslim Brotherhood may have lost an ample number of their supporters. They narrowly won last year’s election to begin with, with just over 51% supporting the party, and had since shown their incompetence.
Egyptians exclaimed roaring displeasure towards the party in June, and by July, Morsi was removed.
Unfortunately, there may never be peace in the Middle East. There have been interminable religious conflict for decades, if not, centuries. The countries are teeming with Islamic radicals, terrorists, and their disciples. It will take a miracle to repair all the damage suffered from their nefarious exploits, but maybe, just maybe, Egypt can begin the revolution towards a peaceful, democratic, Islamic society.
Mike Stone – NEWSslinger Contributor