« Home | England drops Hebrew from their list of officially... » | An almost laughable taqqiya campaign » | 26 people murdered by gunman in Connecticut » | Nechemya Weberman's cultists seek revenge on his v... » | Jerusalem resturants sue rabbinate because of thei... » | Germans worried about Islam in new survey » | Kuwait approves of death penalty for cursing the K... » | Some more Likud members find coalition minus Hared... » | Muslims riot in Hebron when teenage hoodlum shot d... » | Rabbi Rosenberg's attacker turns himself in to pol... » 

Sunday, December 16, 2012 

Egyptians narrowly approve a sharia-based constitution

There's supposed to be another voting round later this week, and for all we know, a majority may not want it, but that doesn't mean the Muslim Brotherhood won't rig the proceedings. For now, here's what al-Reuters is saying (via Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs):
Egyptians voted narrowly in favor of a constitution shaped by Islamists and which opponents said was a recipe for deepening divisions in the nation, officials in rival camps said on Sunday after the first round of a two-stage referendum.

The result based on unofficial tallies, if confirmed for this round and repeated in Saturday's second stage, may give Islamist President Mohamed Mursi limited cause for celebration as it shows the wide rift in Egypt at a time when he needs to build consensus on tough measures to heal a fragile economy.

Official results are not expected till after the next round.

Mursi and his backers say the constitution is vital to move Egypt's democratic transition forward. Opponents say the basic law is too Islamist and tramples on minority rights, including those of Christians who make up 10 percent of the population....

But late on Saturday, as polls were closing, Islamists attacked the offices of the liberal opposition Wafd party newspaper, a party that was part of the National Salvation Front coalition that pushed for a "no" vote.

"The referendum was 56.5 percent for the 'yes' vote," a senior official in the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party operations room set up to monitor voting told Reuters.

The Brotherhood and its party, which propelled Mursi to power in a June election, had representatives at almost all polling stations across the 10 areas, including Cairo, where this round of voting was held.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said the tally was based on counts from more than 99 percent of polling stations in this round.

'VERY CLOSE'

One opposition official also said the vote appeared to have gone in favor of Islamists who backed the constitution, after the opposition had previously said late on Saturday when voting ended that their exit polls indicated the "no" camp would win....

Even a narrow loss could hearten leftists, socialists, Christians and more liberal-minded Muslims who make up the disparate opposition camp, which has been beaten in two elections since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year....

Several party buildings belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood's party have been burned by angry protesters....

On Friday, a day before the vote, rival factions armed with clubs, knives and swords fought in the streets of Alexandria. Opposition supporters trapped a Muslim preacher inside his mosque after he called for a "yes" vote.

"The sheikhs (preachers) told us to say 'yes' and I have read the constitution and I liked it," said Adel Imam, 53, as he queued to vote in Cairo on Saturday. "The country will move on."

Echoing the views of many Christians, Michael Nour, a 45-year-old Christian teacher in Alexandria, said: "I voted 'no' to the constitution out of patriotic duty. The constitution does not represent all Egyptians."...

Rights groups reported some abuses, such as polling stations opening late, officials telling people to vote "yes," bribery and intimidation.
And I don't forsee Morsi giving up on his powers, nor the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Labels: , ,

Links to this post

Create a Link

About me

  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent.
My profile

Archives

Links

    avigreen2002@yahoo.com

      I also contribute to

    • The Astute Bloggers
    • Infidel Bloggers Alliance
    • Which also includes (open menu)

      My other sites

    • The Four Color Media Monitor
    • The Comic Book Discrimination Dossiers
    • Hawkfan
    • The Greatest Thing on Earth!
    • The Outer Observatory
    • Earth's Mightiest Heroines
    • Puzzle Paradise
    • The Co-Stars Primer
    • News/Opinion sites (open menu)

      Writers and special activity groups (open menu)

      Media Watchdogs (open menu)

      Columnist bloggers (open menu)

      Research on terrorism (open menu)

      Milbloggers (open menu)

      Trackback parties (open menu)

      Trackback tools

    • Wizbang Standalone pinger
    • Other bloggers: Israel and Asia (open menu)

      Other bloggers: Europe (open menu)

      Other bloggers: American continent (open menu)

      Museum sites (open menu)

      Politics Blog Directory blog search directory Bloggeries Blog Directory blog directory Top Blogs Politics blogs Politics Blogs Politics Blogs Politics Blogs Politics Blogs
      Politics blog TopOfBlogs Blog This Here
      View My Stats All Politic Sites Blog Directory Spicy Topsites Blog Directory & Search engine blog directory
    • JBlog Central
    • W3 Counter stats
    • eXTReMe Tracker Blogarama - The Blogs Directory Locations of visitors to this page

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    make money online blogger templates

Older Posts Newer Posts

Tel-Chai Nation is powered by Blogspot and Gecko & Fly.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Join the Google Adsense program and learn how to make money online.