Egyptians Protest Ahead of Constitution Vote

Friday, December 14, 2012

Egypt's constitutional court refused to rule on the new constitution citing "the threat of harm" from protestors. December 2012. (Getty)

Tomorrow, Egyptians will go to the polls once again, to vote on a referendum for a draft constitution backed by conservative Islamists.

Political unrest has rocked Cairo for weeks, since President Mohammed Morsi granted himself new government powers and declared himself and his government beyond judicial review. Morsi claimed that he needed to act against the Egyptian judiciary, describing the country's judges as Mubarak loyalists.

President Morsi has since relented, but protests continue. The fate of Egypt's new constitution remains to be seen.

Journalist Issandr El Amrani is the founder and publisher of The Arabist, a blog devoted to Middle East political analysis. He describes the protest movement against Morsi, and talks about whether the protests will eventually lead Egypt to democracy.

Guests:

Issandr El Amrani

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Something has to go right in the Middle East, and I thought Egypt might lead the way...How serious are these protests? Can it lead to more turmoil?

Dec. 14 2012 12:35 PM

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