The And The Egyptian Constitution

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Egypt has struggled with creating a united identity because of the diverse ethnicities and cultures that inhabited the land. The idea of an Egyptian state was fully developed after WWI, but even then the identity was contested. After the 2011 revolution there was a shift in mentality as the new government struggled to identify the commonalties and foundation of the citizens in the constitution. Tarek Masiud in “Liberty, Democracy, and Discord in Egypt”, Tahany El Gebaly in “Constitutional Principles,” and John Chalcraft in “Horizontalism in the Egyptian Revolutionary Press” all stress the significance of identity in their respective papers. Although all three sources highlight different topics within the creation of the Egyptian constitution in 2011, they all emphasize that the reason drafting the constitution was difficult was because Egypt was reshaping its identity.

Immediately following the disposal of Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 revolution, the military assumed power as a de facto ruler (Gebaly 126). Since Mubarak’s government was directly connected to military, the fact that they were in power caused citizens to be concerned. Because the revolution did not produce a specific leader to take over, but rather an idea of reform, the constitution needed to be revised (Chalcraft 9). From this point forward, the country struggled when deciding what channels to take to make the new constitution..

The most significant reason the country struggled when creating a new…
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