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    Egypt referendum strongly backs constitutional changes

    BBC News - Egypt referendum strongly backs constitution changes

    In the first phase of Egypt's transition to democracy, the Egyptian people have given a ringing endorsement to a series of constitutional amendments designed to make the electoral process more democratic, in the run-up to the first free parliamentary elections in the country.

    This is a very positive development for Egypt and for the Arab world. But it's important to remember that the changes are not finished. This is just an interim Constitution. In the long term, I think it would be a mistake for Egypt to keep the office of the president at all. A country like Egypt with a history of military strongmen would be much better suited for a parliamentary system IMO. Otherwise it risks relapsing into authoritarianism.
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    Re: Egypt referendum strongly backs constitutional changes

    I am always puzzled why emerging Democracies don't base there Constitution on ours and become Democratic Republics.

    Ours has out lasted any other form of Government and except for a few really stupid rules it still works, only we need to make sure it's followed.

    We now have Obama sending our planes to war without any Congressional oversight, and that is a problem.

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    Re: Egypt referendum strongly backs constitutional changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    I am always puzzled why emerging Democracies don't base there Constitution on ours and become Democratic Republics.
    A presidential system is dangerous for fledgling democracies...especially in countries like Egypt where the power has historically been consolidated in one person, or in the military. They have a tendency toward authoritarianism moreso than parliamentary systems do. I hope that in the next round of constitutional changes, after Egypt elects a government, that they'll abolish the office of president entirely.
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