Originally Posted by Red Menace
To be fair though, the Muslim Brotherhood's constitutional referendum only saw a 33% turnout. It doesn't seem like either choice has been particularly appealing to the Egyptian people.
Even in the MB dominated turnout, they only scratched away with 63%, which doesn't seem as absurd as >98% in this current vote even if only their supporters participated.
I'm not saying the MB's ideas were much better- but there should've been a better way to arrive at this constitution rather than forcibly removing a democratically-elected leader. The military can pussyfoot as much as they want, but ultimately they did remove a leader who was voted in, for the most part, fairly.
The MB-dominated constitution, which was dumb to begin with considering they already had passed a more open constitution before then, had the issue of being filled with their political viewpoints. The current constitution prides itself as being more secular-minded and non-partisan, but it has moved power back into the hands of the military that the 2011 constitution slightly weaker, one that they were already heavily influencing under the auspices of SCAF.
Currently the military is trying to advertise itself as being besieged by terrorists displeased with its attempt to make a sectarian and pluralistic government, and a progressive force as such that foreign observers will readily accept. This is true to an extent, but it has also tried to return to more draconian laws on protests and people criticizing the government- arresting people who are hardly the archetype of Islamists- liberal-minded university professors, trade unionists, youth who were in the non-MB protest groups like April 6th Movement- have all been caught up in the sweep. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/wo...-protests.html http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/201...-under-threat/
The idiotic nature the military stirred up to this referendum made it such that any criticism of the constitution or Genral Sisi has been construed as making one part of the MB (or "Ikhwan" as it is shortened to in Arabic), and some of this has reached ludicrous levels with journalists from other outlets being accussed of being from al-Jazeera (which got banned in Egypt) for reporting on them, and according to one account, they even attacked a pair of Egyptian-Christian journalists of being pro-MB al-Jazeera journalists
. This coming from the group which presents themselves as the guardians of vulnerable minorities.
As one of the correspondents in there put it,
"Everyone in the opposition is #ikhwan, every critical journalist works for Al Jazeera, every foreigner is a spy. Welcome to #Sisi's #Egypt."