Thousands packed Tahrir square today in protest of declarations issued by Egypt’s military led government.
The document sets rules for crafting the new constitution and includes a provision granting the military a political role as guardian of “constitutional legitimacy.” Pro-democracy groups in Egypt object to the document, fearing the possibility of military intervention after a transition to civilian rule. Protesters were also critical of key pieces that would prevent civilian oversight of military spending and grant the military veto power in matters of foreign policy. The Muslim Brotherhood was the main contingent at the protest, but was joined by some left leaning groups. Many are wary of religious principals being inserted into the constitution who support the civil liberties protections outlined in the declaration.
What do you think of the recent protests in Egypt? Did the military overstep in issuing these guiding principles? Should the military act as a guardian of "constitutional legitimacy?"
Marina Ottaway, senior associate, Middle East Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace