South Africa offers to help Egypt transition to democracy

MENA, Friday 2 Mar 2012

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Deputy of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, offers his country's support, and especially their expertise in drafting a constitution based on equality

South Africa has offered to help Egypt through the transitional period, says Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Deputy of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa.

Ebrahim, who just rounded off a four-day trip to Egypt, told Egypt's state MENA news agency that South Africa has helped African nations transition to democracy before. South Africa, notes Ebrahim, has valuable experience in drafting constitutions, stressing that the procedures of writing the constitution play an important part in how the final draft looks like.

What gave South Africa's constitution its legitimacy, ponders Ebrahim, is the fact that it was representative of all the factions of the nation and took into consideration the viewpoints of civil society groups in the final draft. He pointed out that the constitution also  highlighted the role of women and stressed equality between all citizens, regardless of gender or race.

The people of South Africa, says Ebrahim, support the Egyptians in their path towards democracy following the January 25 Revolution.

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