11.21.12 12:15 PM ET
Egyptian 'Democracy' in Action
Egyptian Islamists continue efforts to drag their nation back in time:
Fears of Islamist dominance have been compounded by a draft constitution that gives unchecked powers to the president, Mr. Hamzawy said. It weakens the parliament, ignores Egypt’s commitments to international human rights conventions and relies on fundamentalist interpretations of Islamic law that trample on the rights of women, Christians and other minorities, he added.
The draft constitution was made public Oct. 24. It will eventually be put to a public referendum. The liberal opposition is locked in a struggle with Islamists to shape Egypt’s constitution. ...
The Muslim Brotherhood favors language that bases Egypt’s constitution on Shariah, or Islamic law. Salafis, who believe in a Muslim theocracy, say the Egyptian government must interpret Shariah and enforce it upon the nation.