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The President’s enforcement of his power over the judiciary paves the way for a new constitution and a dangerously divided country

If the referendum on Egypt’s new constitution goes ahead as planned on 15 December and wins a majority, it will mark a political victory for President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. It would also come at a considerable cost in lives lost and property damaged since his 22 November constitutional declaration paved the way for fast-track approval of the draft constitution. More fundamentally, it has confirmed non-Islamists’ belief that the Brotherhood aims to establish a new authoritarian state system and one based on imposing the MB version of Sharia (Islamic law) on all aspects of society.

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Mohamed Mursi, Gehad el Haddad, United States, Bill Clinton, Essam el Haddad, Mohamed el Baradei, Sharia