Video: Egypt finalizes draft of constitution, Cairo braces for bigger demonstrations

posted at 8:01 am on November 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As expected, Egypt’s ad-hoc constitutional panel approved a draft that enraged all but the Islamists on the committee to the extent that they withdrew in protest earlier. The passage of the proposal hasn’t helped Mohamed Morsi this morning, as even clerics denounced him in Friday prayers as a new pharaoh. CNN expects even bigger protests today after Egyptians leave their mosques — and tomorrow will be even more interesting as the Muslim Brotherhood launches counterprotests:

The hasty nature of the call to approve the draft constitution added to Egyptian’s discontent.

The snap vote prompted several walkouts, reducing the number of originally 100 assembly delegates. Those who resigned were replaced by members of the Brotherhood and allied Salafist Nour Party. Eighty-five members approved the draft.

The the rest of the constitutional assembly members took the departing members into consideration when discussing the various articles, said Essam El-Erian, a senior presidential adviser.  …

Hundreds of protesters gathered Friday around noon at Tahrir Square, where they held prayers after listening to a cleric brand Islamist President Mohamed Morsy a “pharaoh” over what many feel was an overbearing power grab by the head of state last week.

Well, how bad can the new constitution be?  Bad enough to create nostalgia for the 1971 version it will replace:

Critics say the constitution could lead to excessive restrictions on certain rights, moving Egypt closer to Sharia law.

“As far as rights are concerned, the 1971 constitution was much better,” said Dr. Mustapha Kamel Sayed, a Cairo University professor, referring to the old constitution still in place under Mubarak.

Heba Morayef, the Egypt director for Human Rights Watch, said “there aren’t really any protections for women,” for instance.

Morsi will rush this into a plebescite two weeks from tomorrow, which he hopes will not only mollify Egyptians but also head off the judiciary.  It might work, but so far it only seems to be setting up another round of revolution in the streets.  Morsi took control of the military over the summer, but one has to wonder just how firm that grasp really is — and we may end up seeing that tested before any vote gets held.


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AOTDecade.
Thy name is Bark Obama

Electrongod on November 30, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Critics say the constitution could lead to excessive restrictions on certain rights, moving Egypt closer to Sharia law.

We here in the USA call that the Democrat Party.

Electrongod on November 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Apart from the danger to Israel, I couldn’t care less.

OldEnglish on November 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

+1 eg @8:09

cmsinaz on November 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Bring back the OOTD, Ed.
:(

itsnotaboutme on November 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

A Caliph’s going to do as a Caliph does, whether he resides in Tehran, Cairo, or points west of the Atlantic.

Steve Eggleston on November 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

And, hey, the MB and their guys in Parliament want to destroy the only part of the Egyptian economy that brings in any cash by destroying the Pyramids and their historical artifacts! Gotta love that sharia law stuff, huh?

Remember all the complaints about how the west exploits people and impoverishes them? The west has got nothing on these sharia law backers! No wonders the Democrats love them so much: they are worse than the west. These are folks you gotta back. Hope! Change!

Burn, baby, burn.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Violence in Egypt over being dragged to the 7th Century?</strong

FORWARD!!

PappyD61 on November 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

clerics denounced him in Friday prayers as a new pharaoh

I’ll guess that this constitutes some serious fighting words.

forest on November 30, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I’ll guess that this constitutes some serious fighting words.

forest on November 30, 2012 at 8:36 AM

How long will it be before the mere followers of the MB have to be attacked by the lunatic fringe of the MB?

My guess is hours, perhaps days… and then the Arab Winter begins… you can’t really tear down Pyramids when you are tearing at each other’s throats.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM

As expected, Egypt’s ad-hoc constitutional panel approved a draft that enraged all but the Islamists on the committee to the extent that they withdrew in protest earlier.

Hey at least this is something that is demonstration worthy. It doesn’t take a whole lot to make these animals riot. This time, it is for a reason I can agree with.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

It’s only the 21st century.Give them time,they haven’t been around long enough.

docflash on November 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Arab spring. Lean Forward!

dczombie on November 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Lean forward! Why, because you’ll need a head start to escape the enraged mob looking to kill you.

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Morsi is all kinds of confused now.
All he did was follow Justice Ginzburg’s advice. Why the problems ?

Jabberwock on November 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Ginsburg.

Jabberwock on November 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Heba Morayef, the Egypt director for Human Rights Watch, said “there aren’t really any protections for women,” for instance.

GOP had a hand in this?

lester on November 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Sort of OT: If Hillary goes, does Huma stay?

Fallon on November 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

lester on November 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Who said:

The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”

Fallon on November 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

GOP had a hand in this?

lester on November 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Nope. Just Islam.
Code Pink and NOW are really dropping the ball on this one, you know.

Jabberwock on November 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

MSM: Party on in Tahrir Square like 2012! Good times, good times!

Lara Logan: Meh.

bofh on November 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM

The long vertical ads at Hot Air often have
- children from Africa whose eyes burn into your soul, and
- a goddess fair-skinned woman spilling out of a lovely dress.

both of which give me great pain.

williampeck1958 on November 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Bark’s Cairo Speech not as good as advertised.

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Bark’s Cairo Speech not as good as advertised.

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Eh ?
Is anything about him ?

Jabberwock on November 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The dictator was better than the pharoah. We told the libs, but the obots just called us names.

txhsmom on November 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. Now, if we can figure out how to stop our government from continuing to pay for it…

Hucklebuck on November 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

GOHMERT: Absolutely. I think it almost makes a prima facie case when you look at the decisions made by this administration over the last couple of years, or actually all four years. You look at the decisions it made especially in the last two years in going through the revolutions in Northern Africa and across the Middle East and to the Far East, and the only way you can explain the horrendous decisions that were so completely wrongheaded would be if this administration had a bunch of Muslim Brotherhood members giving them advice.

H/T The Zipster

Akzed on November 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Riots are way more fun than daytime television.

michaelthomas on November 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Why doesn’t Morsi put the people back to work building another Pyramid? – bigger, better, and boulder than the rest.

michaelthomas on November 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

both of which give me great pain.

williampeck1958 on November 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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ajacksonian on November 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

both of which give me great pain.
williampeck1958 on November 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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ajacksonian on November 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

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Marcola on November 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

the only way you can explain the horrendous decisions that were so completely wrongheaded would be if this administration had a bunch of Muslim Brotherhood members giving them advice calling the shots.
H/T The Zipster
Akzed on November 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

FIFY.

Marcola on November 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Nothing to see here people..just democracy on the march…oh wait, shariah law is involved? ok that could be a problem…nah we gotta cover that up for our dear leader—- the media

sadsushi on November 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Have Obama, Hillary, S. Rice and all their minions denounced Morsi, yet?

No?

They are him. He is their creation.

Leftists love dictators and are aiming to be such.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Q: Why does the progressive left complain about a Fake GOP “War on Women” but say nothing about a real Islamist war on women’s rights? A.It really is about political power and has nothing to do with women’s rights at all.

KW64 on November 30, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Where’s your Arab Spring now, yeah. See?

/Edward G. Robinson voice *off*

Christien on November 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Wake me when they stage another badass camel charge and when protesters again wear bread for a helmet.

Christien on November 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

…who cares?

KOOLAID2 on November 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM