In other words, freedom, screw you. Thankyouverymuch, President Obama.
The jihadist Muslim Brotherhood party laughably calls itself the "Freedom and Justice Party." This is what totalitarians do. Savages use names and labels of the very thing they mean to destroy. Think of the violent fascists calling themselves the Antifa (anti-fascists). It would be funny if they weren't so evil.
Islamist-led assembly votes on Egypt constitution, Associated Press – 1 hour ago
CAIRO (AP) — An Islamist-dominated assembly began a fast-track vote on a final draft of a new Egyptian constitution Thursday, pushing through the document despite liberals' boycott in a move likely to stoke a deepening political crisis between the Islamist president and the opposition.
The assembly, overwhelmingly made up of allies of President Mohammed Morsi, abruptly moved up the vote, which hadn't been expected to take place for another two months, in order to pass the draft before Egypt's Supreme Constitution Court rules on Sunday on whether to dissolve the panel.
The vote escalates a confrontation that has already thrown Egypt into turmoil, between Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on one side and a largely secular and liberal opposition and the nation's judiciary on the other. It was sparked when Morsi last week granted himself near absolute powers to neutralize the judiciary, the last branch of the state not in his hands.
Street clashes have already erupted between the two camps the past week— and more violence is possible. At least 200,000 people protested in Cairo's Tahrir square earlier this week against Morsi's decrees.
The opposition plans another large protest for Friday, and the Brotherhood has called a similar massive rally for the following day, though they decided to move it from Tahrir, apparently to avoid frictions. Hundreds of opposition supporters have been camping out since Friday in Tahrir and bands of youths have been daily battling police on a road leading off the square and close to the U.S. Embassy.[...]
If the constitution passes, Morsi will hand over legislative powers to the Shura Council until elections for a new lower house are held, according to Prime Minister Hesham Kandil. The Shura Council is normally a toothless body and very few Egyptians voted in elections for it last winter — turnout was less than 10 percent — which led to the Brotherhood and other Islamists taking the vast majority of its seats.
Dissolving the constitutional panel and replacing it with a more inclusive body is a key demand by the liberal-led opposition. It also calls for rescinding the president's decrees.
Critics accuse the Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, of using their election victories to monopolize the state, squeezing out other factions, and pushing through an Islamist vision.