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Morsi is pushing to pass constitution at any cost: April 6 leader
Founder of April 6 movement states President Morsi's refusal to postpone constitutional referendum confirms fears he wants to push the 'illegitimate' charter 'at any cost'
Ahram Online, Monday 10 Dec 2012
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April 6 movement co-founder Ahmed Maher (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Founder of the influential April 6 movement, Ahmed Maher, charges that President Mohamed Morsi is attempting to push an "illegitimate" constitution through at any price – and as soon as possible.

Maher posted on his official Facebook page late Sunday that although the executive branch uses the excuse that they are complying with the March 2011 constitutional declaration stipulations by insisting the referendum be held on 15 December, he argues that that declaration has already been breached several times.

Many opposition forces and activists have denounced the draft constitution as "illegitimate," having been drawn up by a largely controversial Islamist constituent assembly, which saw fifteen – the majority of which were non-Islamist – of its 100 members withdraw.  

Protests were sparked at the presidential palace in the Heliopolis suburb of Cairo when Morsi issued a constitutional declaration on 22 November that granted him sweeping powers and immunity. That decree was eventually cancelled last Saturday, but protests continue in order to push for a postponement or cancellation of the plebiscite and a drawing up of a more representative drafting assembly.

The National Salvation Front, an umbrella grouping of liberal, leftist and nationalist parties, led by three presidential candidates that ran at some point in the last elections: the head of the Constitution Party, Mohamed ElBaradei, Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa announced on Sunday its full rejection of the referendum, citing it as "farcical."





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Joe
11-12-2012 04:26pm
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Morsi is pushing to pass constitution at any cost: April 6 leader
The opposition have failed to appreciate that in the political process you have to organise and bring out one's political support. Clearly that must be accepted as rule number one. The opposition either matches the Islamists or not. But the opposition cannot hide behind a Mubarak-era judiciary to achieve what are legitimate demands. It is a political process, you protest but if you do so without political organisation and mobilisation you often lose.
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Honest man
10-12-2012 07:21pm
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Mursi has no choice but to go on
He has no choice: The Mubarak Fulul in concert with the liberals, left, and Copts are hell-bent on toppling the democratically elected President. And the constitutional Court of Mubarak is also hell-bent on declaring the presidential elections illegal. So what is he supposed to do?
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FAYYAZ
10-12-2012 05:07pm
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OPPOSITION DEMANDS MAKE NO SENSE
The same applies for the opposition that it wants to reject the constitution at any cost. If they have it their way they will never let Morsi sit in peace, they will keep creating mischief. But Morsi must abandon that Sinful-Usurious-IMF loan to qualify for Allah's help.
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Masood
10-12-2012 02:37pm
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Legitimacy
No constitution document on the earth is perfect or divine that could not be changed once drafted and implemented. Constitution of a country is a dynamic document that is always subject to further evolution with passage of time. There’s not a single country including in the west who can claim that there’s 100% consensus is prevail on their constitution. Yes, a constitution only can prevail that reflects aspiration and consensus of majority of that society. It’s irrational and illogic argument if someone put a condition of 100% consensus of all the society for approval of a constitution. How one would know the consensus…? Giving more representation or membership of a certain segment in constituent assembly would be treated consensus..? If constituent assembly becomes dominant of secularists and liberals or copts then there will be a consensus on constitution…? No, consensus doesn’t mean dominance of a particular segment in the constituent assembly. Consensus only come through inv
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Amoon Hassan
10-12-2012 02:09pm
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BH COntrol
Passing Botherhood Constitution will give them full control over our lives and destiny. Brotherhood lust for power proved fatal to majority best interest.
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Ahmad
11-12-2012 07:00am
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Musli
If you are true Muslim you can not object Sharia which is the main objective to ratify the constitution tru ballot box.
ahmad
11-12-2012 06:56am
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democrady
why dont you agree in referendum brother if you believe that majority of egyptia were against Mursi, ballot box is the best solution to your problems abd thats democracy you are cryng for.
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Aladdin, egypt
10-12-2012 02:06pm
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Fiailed BH Cult
We need the military to govern Egypt for the next 5-10 years until things settle down and Egyptian learn about democratic rules.
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Karim
11-12-2012 12:12am
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algerian scenario
You mean you want to implement the algerian scenario. Namely killing the elected Islamist until the secularist can win an election, right?
Americanvoice
10-12-2012 10:20pm
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you copt christn moron
if you guys hate muslims so much then leave egypt or atleast learn to respect muslims.
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Jamna
10-12-2012 02:02pm
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Settle disputes democratically
I call on Egyptian people to settle their disputes democratically. Let the people decide whether or not the constitution should be adopted or not. I can't understand that these people keep on attacking the President while the real decisions on the constitution would be made by the people through referendum. Even if the referendum is delayed, there is no guarantee that those who boycott the CA would participate. You can't be boycotting the CA and then insist to have your opinions counted. Just learn to be democrats...that will save Egypt.
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Basheer
10-12-2012 01:35pm
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What is this chaps problem......
President Morsi is legally bound to ensure that the referendum takes place on the 15 December 2012. If the Opposition is not happy with the constitution they must mobilise a NO vote instead of wasting everybody's time and energy with protests and negative comments with the aim of instigating the masses. President Morsi has done a lot to meet the demands of the opposition but the opposition is intent on unseating a democratically elected President. Opposition is not interested in dialogue and a peaceful resolution but are all for causing anarchy, violence and murder of innocent civilians. These opposition leaders should but put on trial for treason against the state. The President is much too soft on these opposition leaders. This tolerance you won't find in other countries.
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