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Egypt’s constitution swings into action

Zaid Al-Ali and Nathan Brown, 27 March 2013, Foreign Policy

Egypt’s experience with constitutions over the past half-century may reverse Marx’s dictum that everything in history occurs twice, first as tragedy and then as farce. Egypt’s 1971 constitution — memorably described by NGO activist Nasser Amin as “a joke that turned serious” was replaced by a 2012 document written in a process that began with high hopes and ended with bitter recriminations, high-handed maneuvers by the drafters, and an opposition boycott of the final stages of the drafting.

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