Wednesday, January 15, 2014

EGYPT - Sputtering Democracy Update

"Pivotal vote on Egypt's new constitution stirs violence and division" PBS Newshour 1/14/2014


GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  In Egypt today, at least 11 people were killed in sporadic protests and clashes, as millions went to the polls to vote on a new constitution.  The violence highlighted the deep political divisions that persist six months after its Islamist president was ousted from office by the military.

NewsHour chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.

MARGARET WARNER (Newshour):  For the second time in little more than year, Egyptians lined up today to vote on a new constitution.  They seemed eager, but anxious.

WOMAN (through interpreter):  May God bring calm to the country.  Many people have been lost

MARGARET WARNER:  The campaign for the balloting, which ends tomorrow, was intense, with advocates for the current government urging a yes-vote.

MAN (through interpreter):  No one will ever agree 100 percent with any constitution.  I would say, if you are agreeing with just 60 percent of it, say yes.

MARGARET WARNER:  And the government's nemesis, members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, denouncing it.

MAN (through interpreter):  We had a transparent election that elected Morsi, and it was blown away.  It is impossible to say that now there is democracy or a fair referendum.

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