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Way of the Revolution Front to vote no to constitution
The anti-Brotherhood, anti-military group opposes the new constitution for failing to deliver on the revolution's goals
Ahram Online, Wednesday 8 Jan 2014
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Launch of Way of the Revolution Front in September 2013 (Photo: Salma Shukrallah)

Egyptian political group the Way of the Revolution Front said on Wednesday that it would lobby for a no vote in next week's constitutional referendum.

The group, which was formed in September, is opposed both to the Muslim Brotherhood and to the military. It includes many well-known political activists, including blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah who is currently in pre-trial detention, and novelist Ahdaf Soueif.

The new constitution, finalised in December and scheduled for a national vote on 14-15 January, does not meet the demands and aspirations of the 2011 revolution, according to the group's statement.

"The draft constitution does not include any demands that we have been calling for since 2011 -- bread, freedom and social justice; it doesn’t include enough rights for workers, farmers and many other poor segments that are a huge part of the Egyptian society," said Khaled Sayyed, a member of the group who read the statement at a press conference on Wednesday.

The front also condemned the billions that Egyptian businessmen have spent on billboards supporting the yes campaign.

"Those who are ruling the country have been backing the businessmen who paid millions of pounds to fund the yes campaign," added Sayyed.

He also said that there is no difference between the constitution that was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood under the rule of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and the new constitution which is set to replace it.

"The current draft charter came to entrench the military in power; in Article 203, the parliament does not have the authority to discuss the budget of the military; only the military council is entitled to discuss it. Also in the Article 234, the newly drafted constitution states that the president of the country is not entitled to hire a new armed forces chief unless he gets the approval of the military council. Military trials will still be taking place against civilians according to Article 204," said Sayyed.

The front includes leading members of the Strong Egypt Party, the Revolutionary Socialists and the Justice and Freedom Youth activist group, as well as independent political figures.

After the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, interim President Adly Mansour appointed a 50 member panel, headed by former presidential candidate Amr Moussa, to revise the constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated constituent assembly in 2012.

 





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sabr
10-01-2014 03:11pm
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illegal coup government
Whatever the result of the constitution voting, the illegal coup government will keep their dictatorship. If their fair and democratic why they afraid to face the islamist in the ballot. The real voice are Egypt people.
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sabr
10-01-2014 03:11pm
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illegal coup government
Whatever the result of the constitution voting, the illegal coup government will keep their dictatorship. If their fair and democratic why they afraid to face the islamist in the ballot. The real voice are Egypt people.
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Farid
09-01-2014 09:42am
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Drifting...
Dear Way of the Revolution Front, please vote NO and let Egypt drift for more years in chaos till new document is prepared. This for sure will make goals of 2011 revolution. (sarcasm) Whoever value and respect Egypt, should vote YES!
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Dave
09-01-2014 05:28am
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One of a Kind Constitution
No other constitution in the world treats its people as a second class citizens after its military elite, for the only reason that they carry the guns and are willing to use it against whoever dares to raise any opposition against it.
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Mina
09-01-2014 02:39am
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Insincerity of Identity
How is it that the "Way of the Revolution" front is "anti-Brotherhood" when in fact it has part of its members the "Strong Egypt Party" and "Justice and Freedom Youth Activists"? These are simply Brotherhood offshoots. It's like saying a liberal party politician is "anti-Democratic party" in the US. The principles are quite similar, and they've become very sympathetic to the Brotherhood cause, whether naively or deceivingly so. Seems to me the "Way of Revolution Front" is not the true way of revolution. I can't trust a group with ties or sympathies to the Muslim Brotherhood and call them "anti-Brotherhood". That is foolishness at best, lying at worst.
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