Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Constitutional Confusion

On March 19th, 2011, Egypt is due to vote on the proposed amendments to the 1971 constitution, in its very first steps towards becoming a democracy. There is much debate within society regarding whether the best way to achieve this goal is by voting for the amendments, or voting against them. Online forums are witnessing heated discussions and intellectual debates regarding the issue, while government polls, for the first time, have shown that the percentages of "Yes" votes vs. "No" votes is very close, rather than announcing a 90% majority for any one side.
The Arabic translation of the text (from right to left): "Yes? Patching up an old constitution with some amendments? The proposed amendments are sufficient for this phase? Creating an entirely new constitution? No? A kebab rib?"

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