The 6 April youth movement is calling on all Egyptians to vote ‘No’ to the proposed constitutional amendments in the referendum that is due to take place on 19 March.
The movement is demanding that a temporary constitution be put forth until a new one is drafted. “We will not accept an illegitimate constitution that is already obsolete. We will only accept a democratic constitution that adopts civil freedoms, separates powers and upholds the value of citizenship. The only solution that remains is to announce a temporary constitution,” says Inji Hamdy, a member of the group.
The 6 April Movement has backed up its stand, arguing that the time given for public debate to discuss the constitutional amendments is not sufficient. They point out that the Supreme Council of Armed Forces had promised a month would be given for debate and this has not happened.
They have called on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to form a presidential council and another council to formulate a new constitution that adheres to the principles espoused by the 25 January revolution.
The movement says it fears that if the amendments are passed there will be no obligation to write up of a new constitution, and that such a measure would then require the approval of cabinet and parliament. one of the consequences of cabinet and parliament not approving drafting a new constitution would be that the same presidential authorities stated in the 1971 constitution would remain.
The content of the amendments has also been contested as the movement argued that article 175 is discriminatory for it states that an Egyptian with a dual nationality or married to a foreigner cannot run for president.