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Egypt Media Roundup (December 24)

[The march to the federal palace to reject the constitutional referendum. Image originally posted to Flickr by Moud Barthez.] [The march to the federal palace to reject the constitutional referendum. Image originally posted to Flickr by Moud Barthez.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.]  

“Full unofficial results of Egypt's constitutional referendum: A visual breakdown”
The new constitution passes with sixty-four percent of the vote.

“Referendum voting lowest turnout since revolution”
Thirty-two percent of Egyptians have cast their vote in the two rounds of the constitutional referendum.

“Morsi's Pyrrhic Victory”
Nervana Mahmoud analyzes the results of the referendum and says it shows that the president’s claims that eighty percent of Egyptians support him are untrue.

“Cairo Administrative Court to review legitimacy of referendum”
The legal challenge is on the basis of the 2011 constitutional declaration, which stipulates that the referendum has to be held in one day.

“Alexandria clashes escalate”
Clashes between Islamist and non-Islamist protesters result in a few dozen injured near Al-Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque.

“Voting for Egypt's constitution”
Sarah Mousa shares her views as an Egyptian voter in the constitutional referendum.

“Anti-constitutional referendum marches flop”
Marches organized by the National Salvation Front have low attendance.

“Morsy appoints ninety members to Shura Council”
The Shura Council will take over legislative functions from the president until the lower house is elected.

“Prosecutors protest against prosecutor-general”
Prosecutors organize a protest in front of the prosecutor-general's office after he retracts his resignation from earlier this week.

“FJP: Finance Ministry policies embarrass the govt.”
Freedom and Justice Party criticizes the finance ministry over passing an Islamic Crediting Bill.

“Morsi-appointed prosecutor general 'resigns'”
Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah resigns after protests from judges against his appointment as the new prosecutor general.

“Constitutional Court head slams Morsi's statement to foreign media”
Judge Maher El-Beheiry condemns President Morsi's recent statements that the Constitutional Court is "anti-revolutionary force."

“Presidency 'lies' on the constitution, says No to Military Trials Campaign”
No to Military Trials Campaign criticizes the president's statement that the new constitution bans military trials against civilians, saying that the text is ambiguous.

“State Council refuses to supervise next referendum vote”
The State Council Judges Club board has decided not to supervise the second round of voting in the constitutional referendum.

“Rethinking the Muslim Brotherhood”
Khalil Al-Annani argues that the Brotherhood’s recent behavior can be explained by the internal dynamics of the organization rather than with ideology.

“Taking a stand”
Ibrahim El-Houdaiby commemorates Sheikh Emad Effat’s death, recounting memories of him and reminding the reader that his murderers have not yet been brought to justice.

“Journalists summoned for insulting President Morsi”
Journalists from Youm El-Sabae are interrogated over an article deemed offensive to the president.

“Ahmed al-Zend, anti-Morsy judge, assaulted outside Judges Club”
Head of the Judge’s Club is assaulted by a group of men in front of its headquarters.

“Rethinking Egypt’s Opposition”
Bassem Sabry says the Egyptian opposition can emerge strong out of the current crisis if it does not repeat past mistakes.

“Egyptian opposition to form united party after defeats”
Leaders of the National Salvation Front say they will found a new party after constitutional vote.


In Arabic:

“مفاجأة..النائب العام يعترف: الرئيس أجبرني على المنصب”
The recently resigned prosecutor general acknowledges that the constitutional declaration was flawed.

“استقالة المستشار محمود مكي نائب رئيس الجمهورية من منصبه”
Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki resigns from his positions, saying that he wanted to put forward his resignation in early November, but decided against it because of the political situation in Egypt.

“لماذا رف 43% من المصريين الشريعة الإسلامية؟”
Ahmed Samir writes about why forty-three of Egyptians voted against the constitution in the first round.

“النائب العام يأمر بالتحقيق مع إبراهيم عيسى وسيف اليزل بتهم ازدراء الأديان وتهديد الوحدة الوطنية وإثارة الفوضى”
The prosecutor-general orders an investigation against prominent journalist Ibrahim Eissa for contempt of religions and threatening the unity of the nation.

“الغضبُ الساطع آتٍ ..!”
Mohamed Abu El-Gheit argues that the majority of Egyptians are seeking social justice, which will not come from the new constitution.

“«الحرية والعدالة» يدعو المعارضة لحوار شامل «دون شروط مسبقة»”
Freedom and Justice Party call on the opposition for a dialogue “without pre-conditions.”


Recent Jadaliyya articles on Egypt:

Samer Soliman, Prominent Academic and Activist, Dies at Forty-Four
An obituary for Samer Soliman, professor, activist, and founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination Movement

Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Torture
Mosireen’s video about the lack of provisions in the new constitution against the use of torture.

Jadaliyya Page on Egypt's Constitutional Referendum
An overview of Jadaliyya’s coverage of the constitutional referendum.

من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الرابع
The fourth part of Amro Eletrebi’s article describing his feelings about protests and the city of Cairo.

Say “Yes” to the Revolution
An English translation of Mohamed Adam’s letter to his parents on why to vote “No” at the referendum.

The Severed Branches of Local Government
Aaron Jakes says the new constitution does not resolve the problems with local governance that Egypt is suffering from.

Egypt's Draft Constitution in Focus: Freedom of Expression
Mosireen’s video of leading Egyptian editors and journalists discussing the provisions for freedom of expression in the new constitution.

قولوا نعم للعيش والحرية والعدالة الاجتماعية
Mohamed Adam writes in a letter to his parents why they have to vote “No” at the constitutional referendum.

Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus – The Role of the Army [Video]
Mosireen’s video with political researcher Ibrahim El Houdaiby and Hossam Bahgat, Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, talking about the role of the army as set by the new constitution.

The Battle for Sinai
Al-Jazeera’s Fault Lines explores the ongoing uprising in Sinai and its national and regional consequences.

Morsi's Democracy Devoid of Press and Media Freedoms
Seifeldin Fawzy talks about the recent rising trend of harassing and intimidating journalists in Egypt using different tactics, including legislation.

Egypt’s Draft Constitution in Focus: Labor Rights [Video]
Mosireen’s video with Fatma Ramadan, an official in independent trade unions, and Ahmad Sayed Al-Naggar, economist at Al-Ahram Center, discussing labor rights in the new constitution.

الطائفة الشرطية وحكومة الرئيس مرسي: تحالف يقوم على رؤية أمنوقراطية للدولة
Karim Ennarah says the current government has entered a ruling coalition with the police and the army.

Year Three
At the anniversary of Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation, Mouin Rabbani writes about the directions the Arab Spring is taking in different countries in the region.

الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية
An Arabic translation of Paul Sedra’s article on the changing attitudes of the Church towards the Personal Status issue.

الواقع يرفض بديلكم الوحيد
Wael Gamal criticizes the continuing trend on the Egyptian political scene to present certain decisions or political forces as “the only choice.”

A Faraway Neighbor
Jihad Abaza describes his trip to Gaza with the delegation of Egyptian activists during the recent Israeli attack on the strip.

Remembering Emad Effat
Murdered preacher’s wife, Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, still mourns her husband.

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