World Citizen: Egypt’s Constitutional Assembly Signals Huge Defeat for Liberals

World Citizen: Egypt’s Constitutional Assembly Signals Huge Defeat for Liberals

The Egyptian activists whose protests brought down the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 are becoming increasingly alarmed as their dream of a liberal, secular and egalitarian democracy in Egypt is starting to look unattainable.

In a severe blow to their hopes, Islamist members of parliament brazenly staked out a large majority of the positions in the newly chosen constitutional assembly, all but ensuring that the fundamental law of the land will be written by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the more radical Salafists, with only minimal, easily discardable input from other sectors of society.

By a conservative count, at least two-thirds of the seats on the panel will be held by Islamists.

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