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Muslim Brotherhood leader threatens legal action against opposition

Brotherhood figure Mahmoud Hussein threatens legal action against the National Salvation Front for questioning the legitimacy of the new constitution

Ahram Online, Thursday 3 Jan 2013
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A Muslim Brotherhood leader has threatened legal action against the National Salvation Front (NSF) after the latter called for the annulment of Egypt’s new constitution.

Mahmoud Hussein, secretary general of the Brotherhood, said that the constitution cannot be annuled. "The constitution was approved by a transparent referendum," he said.

Speaking to the Saudi owned Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Hussein added that he is surprised the government has not taken legal action against those who question the legitimacy of President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt’s 234-article constitution was approved earlier in December by 63.8 per cent of the vote in a two-phase referendum.

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06-02-2013 08:37pm
"Transparent referendum"
We can debate whether the constitutional referendum was transparent, but there is no question this constitution was a sloppy, hastily contrived document, drafted by an unrepresentative body. By excluding the views and rights of so many Egyptians, it cannot be regarded as a national charter worthy of its name. While it was approved by 63.8 percent of those who voted, the turnout was barely one third of eligible voters, which means it has been endorsed by only 21% of Egyptians. It can't be considered a legitimate basis for governing. I think annulment is the wrong word for what is needed, but it should be amended extensively and immediately.
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