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Egyptian Vote on New Constitution

Via the BBC:  Egypt referendum: Vote under way amid tight security.

The post-Mubarak era continues to muddle through to establish a new consolidated set of rules under which to govern, with the military continuing to be the central player in Egyptian politics.

I have not reviewed the proposed new charter, although press accounts indicate that it has some clearly praetorian elements (i.e., it institutionalizes some key political powers for the military, such as power to appoint the defense minister for the next eight years).

One thing is for certain:  the vote is also about the military seeking a patina of legitimacy for its actions against President Morsi.  Also, the degree to which there is a real choice on the table is debatable, since rejecting the new constitution would not lead to the military leaving power.

The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a boycott of the vote.

See, also, the LATEgypt’s vote on new constitution is far from clear-cut.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I await with bated breath jenos’s unwavering support for this new constitution enshrining the military as the perpetual defenders of all that is right and just against the forces of evil Islam.

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  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.

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