Egypt’s New Constitutional Amendments: Moving Toward Totalitarianism

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Charles Dunne

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The votes are in, the results have been tallied, and the outcome—never in doubt—is clear: government-proposed changes to Egypt’s 2014 constitution, rushed through parliament to ensure possibly the virtual rule for life of the incumbent president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, have carried the day by a margin of 89 to 11 percent. But behind these sunny numbers lies a darker story of creeping authoritarianism and growing public discontent, and many questions remain about the ultimate impact of the amendments on the politics and future of the country. What at first might appear to be a convincing display of the government’s power masks worrying signs of weakness, with important implications for the future of a key US ally.

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