[QODLink]
Inside Egypt

Egypt's political milestones

How have constitutional referendums shaped the transition to political democracy?

Last updated: 22 Mar 2014 19:08
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A broad coalition of opposition groups in Egypt has called for a new "revolutionary wave" to last until the end of March as protests take place across the country to mark the third anniversary of the 2011 constitutional referendum.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy is behind the campaign. The group is demanding what it is calling the return of "constitutional legitimacy" and the ideals of the 2011 revolution, including "freedom and social justice".

The protests have been happening as the largest trial in Egypt's history gets underway. Twelve hundred supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi are facing charges stemming from violence in August. Among the accused is the Muslim Brotherhood's General Guide Mohamed Badie.

Egypt has revised its constitution three times since the 2011 revolution. The landmark first vote won 77 percent approval, but was only ever meant to be an interim constitution, and was criticised for giving the military full presidential powers.

The second was hurriedly signed into law by Morsi in December 2012. It was passed with 64 percent of the public vote, but criticised as an "Islamist's Constitution".

The latest in January gained 98 percent approval, but turnout was just 38 percent, with criticism focused on a failure to protect civil rights and for granting more power to the presidency.

These have all been turning points for Egypt, but in which direction?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests: Adel Iskandar - a professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and Author of 'Egypt in Flux'

Carool Kersten - a senior lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim World at Kings College

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery - foreign affairs spokesman for the Freedom and Justice Party, and a former member of the Egyptian Parliament

291

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.
join our mailing list