Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Consolidating Autocracy through Constitutional Reform

Risible reform in Egypt...
FT.com / World / Middle East & Africa - Egypt’s constitutional reforms spur protests: "“The impact is very, very clear at a moral level for those who were looking to Egypt for some restoration of democracy.”

It was Mr Mubarak who first proposed the 34 amendments. They include a formal ban on political parties being established on the basis of religion and changes to electoral laws – both of which are deemed to target the Muslim Brotherhood, the strongest opposition group.

Other proposals include reducing the role of the judiciary in supervising polling, which many fear will en­courage electoral fraud. They also allow for new anti-terrorism legislation, which reformers say would undermine citizens’ rights."

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