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Friday, 16th March 2012

Drafting Egypt’s New Constitution

Source: Brookings Institution

From the publication web page:

With parliamentary elections now complete, Egypt moves to the next major step in its fitful political transition drafting a new constitution for the republic. As the fundamental document establishing a framework for governance, the new Egyptian constitution will have a lasting effect on Egyptian law, politics, and society.  However, Egypt’s transition is shaping up to be a case study in how not to initiate a constitution-writing process. ...

The paper – the first to be published under the new Brookings Doha Center-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions – concludes that while constitution writing must be treated as an organic process, the international community should work to ensure that Egypt’s military does not entrench a role for itself in domestic governance.

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