March 19, 2011
Open Thread for comment on Syria, Bahrain etc
I have major work to do, the explosion of the region may be amusing to people far away, but me, it is a huge toothache. I note that the Arab Sats are carrying video from Syria on Friday suggesting now Syria was started the same road as Egypt, Yemen, etc., including major demos in cities considering regime strongholds. This is indeed the MENA 1848...
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So Egypt is holding its referendum today - proposed changes are here, commentary from an Aqoul alumnus here. I'm wondering about one specific clause, which is mentioned in the commentary but not in the Reuters summary:
Basically, the relevant amendments impose a two-term limit on the President (and restrict the position to an Egyptian national born in Egypt of Egyptian parents, and the President cannot be married to a foreign national)
What's up with the "married to a foreign national" thing - is that something already in the constitution (such as it is), or something put in because of popular distaste for Suzanne Mubarak (even though she wouldn't have been affected by it), or what? Weird.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at March 19, 2011 12:58 PM
Better list of amendments here:
What it says now: The president should be an Egyptian, born to Egyptian parents, who "enjoys civil and political rights" and is not less than 40 years old.
Proposed changes: The revised article would preserve all of the existing requirements, but add two more: First, the president's parents cannot be dual citizens of another state; and second, the president may not be married to a non-Egyptian.
Very odd, and seems like they must be aimed at someone specific, but I have no idea who. (Wael Ghonem?)
Posted by: Tom Scudder at March 19, 2011 01:29 PM
Perhaps Egypt is developing its own "Birther" lobby.
Posted by: matthew h at March 19, 2011 02:31 PM