New Egyptian constitution passes with comfortable majority

A woman casts her vote in Egypt's constitutional referendum on January 14th at a polling centre in Mounira, Cairo. [Virginie Nguyen Hoang/AFP]

A woman casts her vote in Egypt's constitutional referendum on January 14th at a polling centre in Mounira, Cairo. [Virginie Nguyen Hoang/AFP]

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Forty-five-year-old Egyptian Mahmoud Zaki, along with many of his friends, on Saturday (January 18th) awaited with great anticipation the announcement by the High Elections Commission (HEC) of the results of the constitutional referendum.

Though Zaki and his friends hold different political views, "we all agree that the vote on the new constitution is an important step towards the country's stability ", he told Al-Shorfa.

Nearly 39% of 53 million eligible Egyptians voters voted in the referendum, with around 98% of these -- about 20 million people -- voting "yes" to ratify the constitution, the HEC said.

Ali Awad, constitutional advisor to interim president Adly Mansour, said the constitution went into effect as soon as the outcome of the vote was announced.

After "the constitution was approved, its provisions went into effect and will be enforced", he said in a statement. "This requires state institutions and private and public bodies and citizens to abide by these provisions."

After meeting with political, social and revolutionary forces, the institution of the presidency is currently considering which elections should be held first, the presidential or the parliamentary elections, Awad said.

Interim president Mansour in a speech late on Sunday called on political parties to promote effective and concrete platforms that develop Egyptian political awareness.

Survival and success in Egypt will be for the fittest and those who meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people, he said.

Beginning of a crucial phase

Egypt is now at a crucial and decisive phase, said Imad Hijab, human rights activist and co-ordinator with "Observers Without Borders" elections monitoring network.

"This was the most difficult referendum on the constitution Egypt has held yet, due to the difficulty of the political climate and magnitude of the challenges and risks the people are facing as a result of acts of violence and terrorism, as well as economic instability," he said.

Voting and counting in the referendum was conducted per HEC standards; no administrative, legislative or security force interfered in the process; and violations and abuses that were observed did not affect the voting process or the outcome, Hijab said.

"An expeditious implementation of the roadmap is a priority at this time, so the political situation can stabilise and the government can regain its strength and achieve the goals of the January 25th Revolution of 'Bread, Freedom and Social Justice'," said al-Tagammu Party spokesman Nabil Zaki.

"The turnout for the referendum by ordinary citizens, especially women, proved that Egyptians possess high political awareness and insist on democratic methods as the only means by which to achieve their goal," he told Al-Shorfa.

Egyptians rejected chaos and terror by turning out to vote on the constitution, Nader Bakkar, official spokesman for the Salafi al-Nour Party, told Al-Shorfa.

"Only a political process that brings all the parties together is capable of foiling attempts to spread chaos, destroy the state and society, and divide the country," he said.

Al-Nour Party is currently seeking to co-operate with all political forces so as not to waste the opportunity for convergence that came with the referendum, he said.

This would help prepare for the upcoming elections, which al-Nour Party hopes "is held within the framework of honest and fair competition that aims to build the country," Bakkar added.

"All policies that should be adopted by the government and political parties, starting with the new constitution, must come in the framework of removing tensions, healing rifts, reuniting the Egyptian people and addressing mistakes committed in the previous period," Al-Nour Party said in a statement.

"The path of violence, of raising takfiri slogans, distrust and of being agents [of foreign powers] is not the way to build a nation," Bakkar said. "Everyone has to respect the will of the Egyptian people, reconsider their calculations and positions, and start a new phase of co-operation to build."

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    مجد المحمودى

    2014-2-6

    Before Morsi’s and the brotherhood's trial or in concordance with them, should come the trial of Tantawi and Anan for the role they played in the crime of the great treason when they forged the elections and agreed with the armed terrorist gang of the brotherhood to rule Egypt as they implemented the direct instructions of former American Ambassador Paterson.

  • نيفين عدلى

    2014-2-6

    One of the mistakes the Brotherhood committed is when al-Sisi warned Morsi that they should not have gathered and held sit-ins in Al-Rabea square. In fact they should have held sit-ins around the Presidential Palace. Now our youth must gather and attack the court and free Morsi from the prison by using force. It’s noteworthy to say that the Egyptian Presidential Guard is the worst Presidential Guard in the world. I am surprised that how presidential candidates have kept silent towards this massacre.

  • إدريس توفيق

    2014-2-4

    Regrettably, Egypt has returned to the rule of the village legions that carry guns to terrorize the villagers and make them sleep early. In other words, it is the return of the “Haggana soldiers” who beat the people with a Sudanese whip without any understanding or dialogue. The situation was reproduced in the movie “The Land” where the soldiers loot the country’s bounties and give them to their “Highness”, the army generals.

  • فيكتور سلامة

    2014-2-4

    The leaders of the coup depended on this invalid referendum and tried to get more support by defaming the opposition and planting fear in the hearts of the people through fighting the extremism and propaganda in the public and private channels. However, none of this worked. Therefore, they resorted to the 99.99%. Do not they feel ashamed? Their conspiracy was exposed. Where are the 35 or 50 million demonstrators? Where are the 50 million demonstrators who gave a mandate to the leader of the coup Al-Sisi? We only saw few hundreds before some electoral centers, while the rest was empty. The whole world discovered that the images of the helicopter of Al-Sisi on June 30 were overestimated and created using Photoshop. I see that the situation in Egypt became very funnier than the plays of Adel Imam. I also see that the plan of the army will pass, as they want exactly, despite the idea that most Egyptians are against this project. Anyway, the new constitution was approved by 90% of the votes and this is a natural result because the opposition decided to boycott the referendum. In other words, only those supporters of the constitution went to vote.

  • فتاح نصيف

    2014-2-4

    The specific difference is one of the causes of progress and development, so why we insist on making it a cause of backwardness and collusion? That is because we kept away from the reason, logic and true Sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him. We deactivated the true teachings of the religion, and sank into dubious things. We made it a war of disagreements uselessly. Therefore, we suffered from poverty and inability to provide our peoples with honorable life like all the advanced states that provided their propels with honorable life, freedom and social justice. Nevertheless, we continue our arrogance and claim that these are backward and disbelieving states, while we get everything from them without any exception. We import everything from them and then accuse them of all vices, despite their success and need for their civilization and technologies. If I had been right religiously and logically and if we had managed our disagreements in a correct way and suitable mechanisms, we would have provided the world with the greatest civilization. However, we are only good in disagreements, fighting and disputes. Sometimes we do this because we are backward and other times we do it because of the blind sympathy, and other times we do it because of the tribalism, culture or religion. We actually diversify in depending the disagreements and reliance on the conspiracy theory.

  • مالك عبد السلام

    2014-2-3

    We heard repeatedly that the people is making a coup all the time, but where is this coup? It’s really a joke to accuse this people, which comes out, trills, wishes long life to its country, and widely approves of its constitution with such a big proportion, of making a coup. What the Egyptian people did in June 30 and repeated on the day of the referendum is the biggest evidence for the whole world that it has removed Moursi, approved of the constitution, and would, hopefully, achieve stability for Egypt by its own will. I tell those who claim that we returned to the time of the 99% proportion that they should love this country as much as the 99% that participated loved it. Egypt is really rich in the good things and it will have a great future. We pray God to quickly rid us of such soldiers of fortune and cursed terrorists! Say Amen!

  • احمد برغش

    2014-2-2

    Congratulations to Egypt on the stability and the democratic constitution. Hopefully, the Egyptians will succeed in holding the parliamentary and presidential elections and achieving the interests of Egypt. Glory be to God; he gives sovereignty to whom he wills, and takes it away from whom he wills! The leader and faithful man Al-Sisi said himself that the one who will take the power in Egypt is decreed by God. If Al-Sisi runs for the presidency, my family and I will cast our votes for him. However, we must promise before God to shoulder the responsibility for Egypt with him, each in his own position. With respect to the army of Egypt, it’s full of great and loyal men and commanders. May God protect all the great army of Egypt, the recruits of the Colonel General!

  • فتاح نصيف

    2014-2-2

    The 25th of January is the day of the Egyptian people’s commemoration of its revolution, but the 26th of January is the day of shame and defeat for the terrorist gang of 1928.

  • رعد حمودي

    2014-2-2

    Legitimacy means constitution 2014 to which the majority of people said “Yes”. So they better support it.

  • عبد الرحمن الشهرى

    2014-2-2

    The first time, the Muslim Brotherhood said that the elections were acceptable and the president had come in office lawfully and legitimately, but today they say that the referendum which has just been held is a fake one. Is this possible? In both elections it was the judicial power who was supervising the elections. How is it that they praised and thanked the judicial power and its judges for the first time, but they are now talking about fraud in the referendum for the second time? When you won the majority of seats in the parliament and Morsi sat on the presidential throne, there were no problems with the judicial authorities and the judges!

  • كرم جابر

    2014-2-2

    Ha ha ha! This is a joke. What majority? Didn’t you see the majority of the electoral commissions that were empty and free of any voters? I don’t know the reason why they are marginalizing the issue and not giving it enough credit although they can speak very frankly because there’s no reason for embarrassment. I think the rate of voters who went to the commissions is much less than the rate of those who went to the commissions in the 2012 constitution; however, I think the sweeping majority of voters that is now alleged doesn’t exceed a million people who have attended many commissions and voted several times in order to show that the voting was extensive. O ineffective government that is ignorant on how to run the elections, you cannot lie to the Egyptian people and deny the truth. The existing truth is that many people are opposed to the military coup and constitution.

  • أحمد ماجـد

    2014-2-2

    Here is a completion of the statement of the legitimate President, though the judge has deliberately shut the microphone in the face of President Morsi. Everyone heard the President screaming “I am here since 7 p.m. I am here in this garbage pit (he means here the academy) and then he addressed the President of the Court: “I am the President of the Republic. Who are you? Let me hear your voice. I cannot hear you.” The judge answered “I am the President of the Penal Court of Egypt and you are hearing me well. Please sit down Mohamed Morsi”. After that, the legitimate President resumed squealing and wailing: “who does the prosecution represent? The court is with whom? What court is this? I am not hearing it and it is not hearing me. This is a conspiracy and all the procedures are wrong. I am the President of the Republic.”

  • على عمران

    2014-1-31

    Wouldn’t the billions being spent on the elections enable us to give jobs to the unemployed, build factories, develop land, and build power stations? This is one of the reasons Egypt is bankrupt after the total domestic and external debt has reached 2,000 milliard Egyptian pounds, meaning more than the local product which is 1,850 billion.

  • لبيب عصمت

    2014-1-31

    Unfortunately, from the perspective of my view on the events that have taken place in Egypt from the beginning of the revolution until now, I say that the problem isn’t the former president, the problem is in the Egyptian people itself. It is a people that can only be governed with dictatorial, aggressive force, unfortunately.

  • راشد حكيم

    2014-1-31

    I was expecting the young generation to go out in organized peaceful demonstrations to demand that democracy be restored and to object to the unfair voting on the constitution, and not to hear news of bombing incidents. In general, we are still at the beginning of the day and we hope the young Egyptian people will display progressiveness and democratic maturity in what remains of this very important day.

  • زياد مشاري

    2014-1-30

    May God give victory to and support the Egyptian army and its command against the Brotherhood who shed the blood of the Muslims, appeased the colonizers for the seat of power, and have refused to perform Jihad against the Israeli enemy for 60 years. They believe in the principle: “the end justifies the means,” so they don’t mind destroying Egypt. Besides, they can do nothing except use rhetoric and exercise misguidance. In the past, one of the leaders said: “The most contemptible persons I have ever met are those who helped me occupy their countries.” O some misguided university students, wake up from your sleep and your error, in order to prevent the fifth column and the conspirators from having any opportunity to exploit you in order to implement the goals of the colonization and the Israeli enemy, to undermine the economy of Egypt, to destroy its sources of income, and to spread chaos through its emasculation. So don’t be their tools; may God be pleased with you. God willing, the Egyptian army and its command will achieve victory, with the help of God, against the Brotherhood and their suspicious international organization that sheds the blood of the Muslims and appeases the colonizers for the seat of power. In the end, they will inevitably be subjected to criminal prosecution.

  • احمد الشناوى

    2014-1-30

    Does anybody believe that 44 young men represent the young Egyptian generation? Who are these young men, do they have any belonging at all to this land? This slain, imprisoned, robbed people would have refused to appear alongside a person who’s violated the constitution and the law. A person who doesn’t swear to respect it and has taken an active part in the crime of a coup against the ruling government and the kidnapping of the lawful president of the country. Whatever our reservations are with Morsi or the Brotherhood, Egypt’s interest stands above all. The change would have come in the voting polls, in order to have a respectable people that takes its own decisions, but they denied us of that and used a satanic mechanism from hell, ordering its agents to follow through on top of the bodies of a defenceless people. What good will come out of this meeting then? It will have no use. The martyrs’ blood still runs in this land’s veins and it won’t dry up until the martyrs’ hopes are realized for a country that takes its own decisions. Stop pulling our leg, the people has woken up and knows its way.

  • ليلى نافع

    2014-1-29

    God willing, the Constitution will guarantee a brighter future. The development of Egypt depends on the outset. We shall overcome, despite the terrorists who defy the desire of the people. God willing, Egypt will make progress. O fellow Egyptians, avoid blood-shed. May God bless you! There are many mothers who are grieving over the death of their sons. Blood should not be the cost of democracy. There are many other nations which enjoy more developed democracies. We need to change our mentality. We must acquire the true principles of democracy. We must draft a constitution which guarantees the rule of the majority. The losers in the election could try again, it does not matter. The Brothers should not have boycotted the referendum. They could succeed to power once again. Unfortunately, the Brothers have lost everything, even their position in the opposition. Indeed, they ruined their political position.

  • سمير وليد

    2014-1-29

    We don’t want to be deceived by the terrorists. God granted us that constitution in order to cleanse Egypt and Egyptians of terrorism! This constitution will protect us from terrorism, God willing. Accepting the constitution doesn’t mean that we agree to rob the will of Egyptians. On the contrary, the constitution and choosing the president in the future, the parliament and the government; all of these will guarantee a better Egypt than had been, God willing. But we should not be deceived by the those who trade in religion because they really want to destroy Islam and the Muslims … the prophet, peace be upon him, said: “ at the end of the world, young people with weak minds would come, they would read the Koran, they would kill the people of Islam and they would call the people of idols, their beards are thick, they wear short clothes, their hair is shaved, they do little good and carry out bad acts, they call for God’s book and they don’t follow it. The prophet, peace be upon him, said about those who carry these qualities: they read the Koran and it doesn’t pass their throats, they pass from Islam as the arrow passes from the bow; so wherever you meet them, kill them because killing them is a virtue for those who would kill them on the Day of Judgment. The prophet, peace be upon him said, "If I met them, I would kill them like the people of Aad were killed". The sources of this Hadith: Sahih of Bukhari – Sahih of Muslim – Musnad of Ahmed Bin Hanbal – the big Sunan by El Nasa’i – the big Sunnan of El Baihaqi – the combination of two Sahih of Bukhari and Muslim – the book of the great Ahkam al-Shariah – Sunna Aby Dawoud.

  • أيمن محمود

    2014-1-29

    Only now do we realize where the honourable group is going. It was sent to its last destination, the honourable group was about 85 years old, after voting on the Egyptian constitution – It dies after a sudden shot from Egyptians who agreed to the constitution and after a long suffering of carrying guns and killing the innocent.

  • أسامة مشعل

    2014-1-29

    What happened to you Oh Egypt?? Did Egyptians return to the time of slavery? We revolted to free ourselves from the military; but how come that they came back in a new face, this time with the support of the Egyptians?? Unfortunately, the tank is moving forward in its path smashing all who surrendered, including the media, judiciary, al-Azhar, the church, the cartoon parties and those who call themselves the elites. I wonder, the elite of what!!?? Those are the fickle, corrupted, ill-gotten gainers, narrow minded revolutionaries, who are politically and morally inexperienced. Those who abandon the revolution midway in its dark moments had a lust for a military loyalty from the tank commander. However, the tank cannot crush the Egyptian people barrier and their immortal slogan “even if injustice is stronger, the right will remain!” Those are not the people who are dancing on the melody of "thanks to the military." Thousands of years ago, Pharaoh said to Egyptians boastfully, "I do not show you except what I see."So he bluffed his people, and they obeyed him.” The result was a disaster on him and them. Those so called blessings to the alleged constitution are invalid and void. The constitutional project along with the contemporary Pharaoh and his group are all invalid. If you be quite, then prepare for a destiny worse than the old Pharaoh and his people. Don’t you have a wise man? I doubt it. Will the wise Egyptians leave those who mocked to return Egypt back to Pharaonic slavery!!??

  • سمير المرسى

    2014-1-28

    There are the biggest liars and elusive in Egypt, I mean the regime and part of Egyptians who went in the march of June 30th, and say their exact number was 30 million. You can imagine the space that it is needed for this number, if these were insects, and the wounded equaled the number of gatherings and the time of pilgrimage, despite the arrangements in the pilgrimage areas. And the pilgrims are very humble. There were wounded and victims while their number doesn’t exceed two million, and they were separated, not in one place. That was a lie, which was believed by the fools! Why the demonstrations of coup rejecters, which lasted for 6 months, were not regarded as revolution and were met with bullets and arrests. It is a racist discriminating regime par excellence. What would America do now? What would Ubama do and what would Ashton do? Where are the 33 million who went in the Photoshop revolution of June 30th? Now, all people know the size of the coup makers, and as for the coup makers, we don’t need their confession, we just need them to go on lying and declare the result, 94%, 95% to complete the miserable play and we will wait for the congratulations from America for respecting the road map. In respectable democracies, the result is 65% and despite this, the west and America try not to respect the principles of democracy in order to save the government of terrorism for the sake of Tel Aviv’s eyes.

  • رامى عادل

    2014-1-28

    I do follow-up the situation through the neutral free channels. I can listen to the opinions of both sides. Our problem is that we as Arabs do not adopt a single way to reach the power through the ballot box. It is possible for the Egyptians to move away from democracy and raise their heads and break the heads of America and Europe who call for democracy; if only they release Mohamed Morsi, the conditions will be fully satisfied and then the Brotherhood will be kicked out of rule. Despite of all this, it is still necessary for us to participate in the elections. Hopefully 98 percent of people will participate in the elections.

  • عثمان الجمل

    2014-1-28

    What constitution you are speaking about? Do you know the meaning of constitution?? There is neither might nor power except from God! Oh Egypt, you are back again to the chest of your jailer … You trod with your shoes on the roses, which decorated you and you take the one that killed your sons in your bosom, and you call him traitor, the one who says the truth, and we are back again without livelihood or freedom. Blood has become cheaper than water. Your most honourable and noble youth, Egypt, die in front of you and you bowed and knelt down to kiss the feet of your servants, you titivate yourself for the one who raped you and your dreams, and you say well done to the one who shed the blood in your throne! Congratulations Egypt …! You have achieved your dreams.

  • احمد السقا

    2014-1-28

    There are a lot of men in Egypt who are able to lead it, yet this stage requires a leader who enjoys wide popularity and future vision; therefore, the most suitable leader for this period is First General Abdul Fattah El Sisi who is considered by Egyptians as the man who rescued the country from the plans for dividing it, eliminating its army, and cancelling its supreme judiciary; the most important thing is seizing the 25th of January revolution from its abductors and restoring it to its real people, all the Egyptians.

  • مايسة العسال

    2014-1-28

    Unfortunately those who are holding on to the state by virtue of their power in Egypt, want to reinforce the destruction of the regimes of the past 50 year period in disrupting its great history of leading the Pan-Arab and Islamic world. They are determined to redraw and deform the cultural identity of Egypt so and break it from the Arab and the Islamic issues to become an Egypt that the new Intellectuals are fond of; those who advocate themselves to glorify Pharaonic culture and identity, which would not have made any sense were not for the excavations of the French and the British who deciphered their writings. They want Egypt the same way Ataturk wanted Turkey and Bourguiba wanted Tunisia. They want to belittle Islamic features for their peoples, and describe chastity as ignorance. So what did you do during your 60 years of rule in Egypt besides corruption and looting of its wealth?

  • علي محمد البشيري

    2014-1-28

    I would like to say that the Egyptian president is a hero in all Arab states. Best regards to Dr. Muhammad Mursi.

  • مبارك محي الدين

    2014-1-28

    Rejoice, o great people. What’s coming is good, and the wishes are possible. We’re capable, in God’s will, we must work and results will come from God Almighty. Heaven helped us too in this dangerous phase, so except our reasons to be accepted by God Almighty. Hasten to success, hasten to work. Egypt is the responsibility of all of us, this new Egyptian constitution will be a beacon to all Egyptians. I think that the best thing about it is really the attention to health; health care is the most noticeable thing in it. Honestly, if all there was in the new constitution was health care, I swear to God it would be enough that this be the only blessing in the constitution. If there is more care and development of the current state of Egyptian health then this is the most important thing in my view, because nothing is preferable to a man’s health, especially for a people suffering from poverty and living under the poverty line. The Egyptians need health care and this constitution will guarantee them well being and care, God willing.

  • شهاب الدين

    2014-1-28

    The new Egyptian constitution is an extension of the old constitutions; it's not different than these constitutions, except for the military privileges that became much more as almost 7 articles were added to them. We need not approve this constitution as, in the end, what the State wants will prevail. The approval of the majority of the citizens, which has exceeded 90%, is the biggest proof of returning to the old regimes and the return of fraudulence and especially that the Egyptians are missing those eras and the elections' fraudulence. Egypt could not breathe freedom, except for one year, and then the military junta returned to restrain the Egyptians. With that new constitution, the military organization will have the upper hand and they will form a state inside a state even if a civic President comes to power as he can’t declare war on another country without the approval of the army.

  • رامي سالم

    2014-1-28

    The Egyptian constitution and the Muslim Brotherhood both cause destruction to Egypt, and even the military junta. There is nothing better than Mubarak's regime, it used to control everything and I swear and I am saying it from the bottom of my heart, I miss your days our leader. The country was secure and better than now, and there were a lot of goodness, but the Egyptians are ungrateful and that's the state of all the Pharaohs.

  • حفيظ أنس

    2014-1-28

    That is nostalgia for the past, I call this flatulent constitution a constitution of the allies of Mubarak and a constitution of corruption and that of some actors whose testimonies no one trusted in the past because they're professional actors and their testimonies before courts could be faked as well, and now we can see them drafting the constitution. I swear I don't know what to call this constitution, when Mahmoud Bango (addicted) is one of the drafters of the constitution. What can we say when the next constitution will be a constitution of drugs and encouragement of vice? The biggest and most powerful country in the Middle East is drafting its constitution with the help of Ilham Shaheen, a movie actress. I don't like to talk about people's honor but this doesn't suit Egypt, a woman like this shouldn't contribute to drafting Egypt's constitution. There are many artistic giants in Egypt, but this stupid movie director who made many porn movies participated in the constitution, may God help us.

  • حسن ايهاب

    2014-1-27

    The Brotherhood was on the verge of selling the whole of Egypt in order to reach power and maintain it, but Obama never expected that the Egyptian people with its army was still capable of thwarting all plots. Nor did he expect that the Brotherhood was ready to cooperate with Israel and its president, Morsi’s great friend (according to Morsi’s description of him), not only with the US, and it has received its punishment.

  • مايسه المعمرى

    2014-1-27

    The stupid gang and backward people witnessed the referendum with much stupidity and they did not deny the 20 million people. They said that their majority was women, and some people categorized the voters as belonging to lay people, Salafis, women, the couch party, Christians and Mubarak’s supporters; so the only ones who quit were the gang of the stupid people, which was the best defense for the civilized, peaceful Egyptians. And a million thanking to the great women of Egypt, who made the criminals go mad.

  • كاظم خلف

    2014-1-27

    Finally, joy found its way to Egypt once again, after a whole year of sadness and pain. The Egyptians must have known, when they all participated and voted Yes in the referendum, that this "Yes" will change everything for the better, of course, and that Egypt will be a bride, God willing.

  • منار سليمان

    2014-1-27

    Today, Egyptian people are able to stand against any kind of terror, even if they are leading a hard life. All Egyptians are quite familiar with the duties they have towards their homeland and they are ready to take part in the Egyptian renaissance movement; not the movement which had been promised by Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood, but the one through which Egypt will definitely progress. The only thing that Egypt requires its people to do is to become united and to say “Yes” to the constitution and the settlement of Egypt and to goodness and blessings of it, and also to say “No” to violence and to shedding the bloods of the Egyptian people. Today, Egyptian people have recognized their path and they want to celebrate for the new constitution. This is a measure taken towards restoring stability and peace in Egypt which nobody values except the Egyptian nation. I wish Egyptian people knew that Egypt is a deposit in their hands and they should not neglect the duty they have towards their home.

  • سليمان عثمان

    2014-1-27

    The honest constitution which you say was made by the church and approved by the people was evidence that this constitution did not aptly succeed because it was the best but because Egyptians wanted to erase the disappointed hopes they got from the Muslim Brothers to the Military. Yet, we should not feel sad because this is the fate of all Egyptians today.

  • زياد مشاري

    2014-1-27

    No one has the right to question the military men. Remember that these troops form our army; the same army which fought and won in 1973. It is true that some mistakes were made but they should be resolved. The army shouldn’t be defamed in such a way. Brotherhood elements try to show an unreal image of our great army. Brotherhood elements try to divide our army into several parts. Previously, al-Sisi said that the army is unanimous and no one can take advantage of this opportunity and infiltrate the core of the army and divide it. In short, the army means all Egyptians, and Egyptians are at the heart of the army and the sincere relationship between people and the army is mutual, but Brotherhood elements want to disrupt this relationship. They tried a lot and will try again to do so. Nowadays, Brotherhood elements say that this constitution is approved by cheating. Well, if there had been cheating in this referendum, you also gained power through cheating.

  • امال الابراهيمى

    2014-1-26

    Egypt is the most important African country and must therefore not drag along behind the USA or any country. It must increase its influence and friendship with the Arab world and with the countries in its vicinity, as Obama’s administration is failed, failed, failed.

  • هدى حمدى

    2014-1-26

    Mr. Hijazi claims, in fluent English, that there will be no return to the pre-June 30th period under the pretext that it was the revolution of the army, the police and the remnants. Also, there will be no return to the pre-January 25th, which was a real revolution against corruption. He also says that people are united in their resistance to terrorism and that they have known their enemy. Mr. Hijazi, who is your enemy? Is your enemy the party which was elected by the people and which was approved by all electoral rights as well as the constitution? Is this the same party that everyone identifies as a miracle; a party which has never been exposed to the corruptions that you live in. Mr. Hijazi, everyone knows that you are the old system in a new dress. You have returned and with you, the repressions of Police and the tortures have come back. But now you are changed. After the police crackdown, I can see that the killing of people in the streets and universities and the arresting of girls and children have become normal routines for you. But the difference is that you have now joined the military forces to the police and you are killing the demonstrators with heavy weapons and aircraft. Well, the only good thing that we have witnessed in you is that we have already known the third party who was killing the demonstrators. And that was after we watched you be busy killing people in the streets with the help of the thugs whom you call the honourable ones.

  • سمير المرسى

    2014-1-26

    A lot of businessmen contributed to the success of the June 30th revolution, and they lost a lot of money in order to oust the Brotherhood regime. Therefore, the duty of any coming government is to compensate them, as a way of showing gratitude, along with offering easy loans, tax reduction and suggestions to compensate them.

  • جيكا المصرى

    2014-1-26

    Give us the glad tiding! This means we will go back to the era of gathering (al-Wanasa). That was the time of Mubarak when you enjoy every aspects of your freedom, regarding tourism and all tourism related matters, which soothe and please us. Such as...? And such as...? And thank God, it is finally relieved. Oh, Master Hijazi, May God give you the glad tiding.

  • عبد القادر طالب

    2014-1-26

    Congratulations to Egypt on the adoption of the strongest constitution in its history. It attracted the highest rate of participation in history and the highest rate of approval for its articles. There can be no consolation for the malicious persons.

  • شهاب عزمي

    2014-1-26

    This man, General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, must be kept and not let burn in politics and presidency. As long as he lives, the enemies of the Arab nation are shaking and fear to compromise the Arab national security. This man has changed Egypt’s course with all courage and strength.

  • عبود شريف

    2014-1-26

    The Brotherhood boycotted the 2014 constitution, but they made the one of 2012. The number of people that had the right to vote on the 2012 constitution was 51,918,866 and only 17.058.407 of them participated in the voting. The valid votes were 16,755,012 while the invalid ones were 303,395. It obtained an approval rate of 63.8%. The total number of positive votes was 10,693,911 while the total number of negative votes was 36.2% with voters that reached 6,061,101. The Supreme Electoral Council announced that the rate of participation in the referendum on the 2012 constitution reached 32.9%. Thus, if we hold a comparison between both referendums, the result will be in favour of the one in which the Brotherhood was absent. It’s a language of numbers.

  • سراج عبد الحكيم

    2014-1-26

    Did you know why al-Sisi refused to hold a referendum on the removal of Morsi? The answer is very simply that he knew the Brotherhood would accuse the government of forging the results and the people would naively believe their lies. The result is 100% true, so anyone who may appeal against it is either blind or visually impaired. Still you are claiming that the results are forged, so woe to you.

  • رامي سالم

    2014-1-26

    Thank God that the Egyptian people woke up and aligned behind its great army! The enemies of Egypt want to rob it of this protective army, so that the villains can dispute over, divide, and disrupt it. But thank God that all the Egyptians woke up and stood valorously by their country and army! Congratulations to you Egypt on your free compatriots!

  • راشد حكيم

    2014-1-26

    The roadmap is achieving progress for Egypt, but the members of the terrorist group are doing nothing except using the Internet websites such as Facebook to talk about Morsi, the Group, and the legitimacy. So, they are living and eating from this country while denying its favours and seeking to harm it. Please have some shame!

  • حازم راضي

    2014-1-26

    This is an inevitable result and a positive attitude dismissive of the obscurantist thinking of the Brotherhood, which is infected with racism. Such an attitude also comes as a reaction after the Brotherhood exercised their religious persecution against the Egyptian people, including the Muslims and Christians, and after they imposed their meager constitution that disregarded the right reason, established Morsi as a new Pharaoh in Egypt, and installed the Muslim Brotherhood as guardians of Islam. Finally, we no longer hear about Abu Ismail or Abu Islam, and such insane racists.

  • أحسان محمد

    2014-1-26

    The message that I’d like to communicate to anyone who may decide to run for the presidency of Egypt is that he should, first of all, have the ability to talk with the entire world, i.e. to fluently speak different languages or at least to have a good command of both English and Arabic because we don’t want any more embarrassment for our people. Secondly, he should have a strong love for Egypt and its youth. Besides, he should have enough energy to observe the Ministers and have zero tolerance towards equality before the law. There’s no doubt that we have learned a lot from the last lesson, so the president must be aware of everything. He also shouldn’t make rhetorical speeches to the people, but his words must be coupled with actions. Finally, he shouldn’t lie to the people because lying is the worst enemy of the human being that will immediately make him lose his credibility before the world. So fear God!

  • أكرم حمدان

    2014-1-26

    Brother Hamdein Sabahi knows well that Al-Sisi has no rival, hence he likes to convince Al-Sisi not to run for presidency so that he can pave the way for himself. There is no one better than Al-Sisi for presidency and no one can be as good and as effective as Al-Sisi, because anyone who come forward will respect and obey Al-Sisi… I mean if Al-Sisi orders the president to do this or that, he will definitely obey. In other words, any president other than Al-Sisi will be a superficial president.

  • بدر أدهم

    2014-1-26

    I do not know what more the people should do. They said that there is democracy, electoral legitimacy, integrity and international and local monitoring under full judicial supervision, so the people responded and stood for hours and voted in a sweeping majority, as was the case in 2012. The engineers’ and doctors syndicates were dissolved and the rest is on the way. There is no use! Do you want Egypt to be ruled from the street? If anyone is dissatisfied with the situation, could he hire 100 thousand or even 1 million demonstrators to oust him? Is this logical? You said that June 30 was a coup, but the people’s response was very loud. What will we do as people? Is the army required to meet the wishes of a minority that misled the rest of the people? I ask God to help the army of Egypt.

  • بشرى الحربى

    2014-1-26

    Why do they announce the results? We already knew it before the referendum, we’re back to the times of 99% and 98%. God help the oppressed, powerless Iraqi people. You’re either with me, or you’re a terrorist.

  • مريم الاحمدى

    2014-1-26

    Following the referendum on the constitution and passing is with a sweeping majority and intensive participation, the time of the Muslim Brotherhood ended legally and without any possible return in the future. Henceforth, the iron fist will chase them everywhere and the people said their opinion. They will not terrorize the people again and the army will silence them. May God bless the hands of the army of my country.

  • ياسر

    2014-1-25

    Our beloved Egypt's stability is a very nice thing.

  • فارس معتـز

    2014-1-25

    The engineer Atef Helmy says that the rate of participation of the youth in the referendum was high, while the head of the Supreme Committee for Elections says the opposite. Who is right? And what's the motive that made him give this incorrect information? And who is more capable of obtaining the correct information? Don't the honorable readers agree with me that what is happening now represents the return of the Mubarak regime in a worse manner? May God save us from the oppressors and grant our precious Egypt freedom, security and stability. Thanks.

  • تامر بدر

    2014-1-25

    Well done, my country’s army. Al-Sisi is the most fitting president for Egypt. Any other person would aim to eliminate al-Sisi, and then we will lose him as a president and as a general commander of the armed forces. Where are our brains, O wise people? Can anybody show us one fitting person without questioning his loyalty?

  • احمد سويدان

    2014-1-25

    Why do you oppress the revolutionary youth like this? It seems as if you didn’t hear about the meeting of Mr President with the youth; the meeting in which our president regarded the youth as the pioneers of the glorious revolution of January, and we are all proud of that. I want to ask you a question: where were you on January 25th when the youth gathered in Tahrir square? I’m talking about the day on which a number of our youth (not more than 5,000 people) gathered in Tahrir square with patriotic motivations and with no leader but their own hearts, to call out for freedom, for liberation from the Rule of Morsi and for the eradication of corruption. Soon enough other pure-hearted youth responded to their call and joined them only to increase the number of the liberal youth to ten thousand and then this number also increased significantly and reached tens of thousands. Finally people all joined the liberals, while the party-oriented forces were still hesitant about participating in these demonstrations and the Brotherhood refused to support them. Thanks God that Mr President paid these people’s dues, though spiritually, and general Al-Sisi appreciated the emotions of these revolutionary youth and assured them of the fact that the revolution of June 30 is the continuation of the revolution of January 30. Thus, we must admit that without the movement of our youth to overthrow the repressive regime on January 25th, the revolution of June 30th would have never taken place. I hope you can appreciate this fact, and you can stop being unjust towards the pioneers of the January revolution, and you can show that you are a justice seeker.

  • امل عثمان

    2014-1-25

    Thank you for the steel bulwark which is provided to protect the Egyptian people against the terrorism of the gang of bloodthirsty criminals. Oh brave heroes! You bring the gift of security and peace of mind to our souls every day.

  • محمد عزت

    2014-1-25

    Greetings to al-Sisi, to my people and army. Greeting to the revolutionaries. The martyr’s blood bloomed the white flower. Stand up Egypt, don’t cry. Greetings to al-Sisi, to my people and army.

  • عبد الله العمروسى

    2014-1-25

    I wish the police officers and the soldiers a happy New Year and many happy returns. Do not forget to recite the Fatiha for your martyrs.

  • مروة عبد الرحمن

    2014-1-25

    In fact, the reluctance of the young people to vote on the referendum on the constitution in Egypt is attributable to the exposition of the military coup regime. Indeed, this regime arrested the opponents of the coup, even the children and the girls who took photos of the deserted polling stations and the killing of the protesters in the streets who claimed the return of the legitimate rule. The new regime also prevented the observers from entering the referendum committees, except for the committees appointed in advance. The thugs of the coup regime prevented the observers. The young revolutionaries of January 25th are being tortured. Besides, the leaders of the Salvation Front such as ElBaradei and Sabahi who gave the political legitimacy for the military coup were excluded. The real Revolution is yet to come. The January 25th was but the beginning of the collapse of the corrupt regime. The past revolts were against Mubarak, the military council and the Brotherhood. Each one of these regimes wanted to monopolize power under the guise of democracy. In the future, the revolt will be against al-Sisi, if he does not step down from power and pave the way for the revolutionaries, the youth from all political trends. The legitimacy goes to the young revolutionaries, neither the Brotherhood nor the military.

  • امال الابراهيمى

    2014-1-25

    I do not know impossibility and I am not content with eternity while my country takes hold of a friend as sky and eliminates the impurities. This great nation of champions love peace, but they wage war and this is a reality.... this is a dream! For me it is the beauty and the wishes....... So let’s see that the Egyptian people keep their habits as they are. We don’t need anyone to come and teach us how we can be happy. We don’t need to play with religion because it is a losing game at the end.... Why didn’t you participate in the referendum resiliently, the Nobel people of Egypt are greater than the Brotherhood, the Nour party and other parts anywhere. Egypt is for all Egyptians, thus you fools, never try again to divide us. Three years of displacement and distress is enough for us. This referendum never divides our people. On the contrary it united us. So what do you want?

  • ماجد المحمدى

    2014-1-25

    I see that the complete facts have not been uncovered regarding the situation in Egypt. I hope that this will happen soon so that we can get rest and settle. After 11/02/2011 and Mubarak’s departure, the country fell into unjustified chaos. Some people believed that they walk in the road of the democracy and the good dreams of the democracy in the USA and the advanced states. The USA provided the Arabs with a tailored form of democracy. Hahahaha… the USA and other forces interferes in our affairs as we all notice and see with our own eyes. The ambassador from hell toured Egypt freely and entered many houses, offices and districts and she suggested the sit-in in Raabi’ah in particular. When will the state release all the secrets of this stage to soothe us and explain to those who have not understood yet the reality of the local tools that implement international conspiracies against Egypt? Let me tell you the answer. The story begins when the US ambassador in Iraq advised Saddam to invade Kuwait and later the USA interfered when the Gulf States asked for that in order to liberate Kuwait. Henceforth, the US forces settled in the gulf forever. After that, a conspiracy took place and the son turned against his own father in Qatar. Later, the military base was founded in Qatar and Hamad, the junior, offered grants to build more settlements in Israel. He even sent one of his children to Israel to learn in one of its universities. The results also included the hatred towards the Egyptian regime and the unsuccessful reconciliation attempts. Later, it played the role of the broker between the USA and the Muslim Brotherhood to find an alternative to Mubarak, following the increasing popular discontent due to his corrupt retinue. Then, the US game in Egypt started indirectly as was the case in Iraq or Libya (which was destroyed with the help of their allies in the NATO) under the name of the revolution. However, their arm in Egypt was the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been seeking to assume power for more than 80 years.

  • دينا محمد

    2014-1-25

    There would be popular celebrations on the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and approval of the constitution of all Egyptians. Long live Egypt.