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When Constitutions Fail: Egypt’s Continuing Conundrum

As Egypt struggled through a truly stunning transition of power this past week, discussion increasingly focused on the nation’s Constitution. Yet when a constitution has been effectively suspended under Emergency Law for forty years, like Egypt’s has been, what power does it retain? The answer, we learned, is very, very little. The Constitution did not […]

The Constitution in “Quotes”

“What they’re asking cannot be done,” one senior Egyptian official said, citing clauses in the Egyptian Constitution that bar the vice president from assuming power. Under the Constitution, the speaker of Parliament would succeed the president. “That’s my technical answer,” the official added. “My political answer is they should mind their own business.” The New […]