Cairo – The call of a broadcaster close to the Egyptian authorities to change the constitution and the country’s flag has sparked controversy on social media between support and opposition, as well as several questions about the reasons for the call and its timing, especially since it came without mentioning the articles of the constitution to be changed.
Activists expressed their fears that the call would carry a change in the constitution related to the term of the presidency or articles related to rights and public freedoms.
The journalist who became famous suddenly in recent years, Nashat Al-Daihi, came out suddenly to say that “the new republic needs a new constitution, as every Egyptian constitution that was issued reflected the nature of the stage in which it was written.”
Al-Daihi suggested “opening a societal dialogue between all groups of the people to draw up a new constitution by which we will enter the new republic to be proclaimed in 2023, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 1923 constitution,” during the “Bil-Warqa wa Al-Qalam” program broadcast on the “TeN” channel.
The Egyptian media used the term “new republic” after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi used it more than once, especially during his talk about the new administrative capital being built in the desert east of Cairo. “The opening of the new administrative capital of Egypt will be announcing the birth of a new republic.”And he invited thinkers, intellectuals and artists to participate in this announcement.
Al-Daihi enumerated the number of times the country’s constitution has been changed since the first constitution that Egypt witnessed in 1923, as well as the number of times the Egyptian flag has been changed, adding that “the 2014 constitution was written with good intentions, as Sisi said previously.”
It is noteworthy that the broadcaster close to the Egyptian authorities did not address the 2019 amendments to the 2014 constitution, which allowed the extension of the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and gave the army constitutional powers to “protect the state’s civil and constitution,” which were widely criticized by the opposition. and social media activists.
Before the latest amendment to the Egyptian constitution, journalists and writers close to the authorities called for the constitution to be amended to allow the extension of Sisi’s term. The late Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
In October 2013, Rassd News Network broadcast an audio leak of what it said was a session of that press interview in which Sisi asks Rizk to lead a campaign with intellectuals to promote fortifying the military institution in the constitution, as well as fortifying “General Sisi in his position as Minister of Defense, and allowing him to return to resume His role in the event that he is unable to obtain the presidency of the Republic.
Al-Deihi’s call sparked controversy on social media, and activists questioned the reasons for the call and its goals, especially since the constitution allows President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to run exceptionally in 2024 for a third presidential term to remain president of the country until 2030.
According to the latest amendment, the term of the presidency was increased from 4 to 6 years, which added two additional years for Sisi in his current term to end in 2024. The amendments also granted him the only right to run for a third term, allowing him to remain president until 2030 if he wins the next elections.
It is noteworthy that the former Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives, Ali Abdel Aal, had called for a new constitution for the country.
During the discussions on the constitutional amendments in 2019 “We need a new constitution, but the parliament is not constitutionally qualified to draft a new constitution, and it must form another body to draft a new constitution,” Abdel-Aal said.
I am with Alostaz. Al-Dihi was brought up in changing the flag and making a new constitution on the occasion of the 100 years of the 1923 constitution. It is really necessary for this stage to have a flag to be expressed!!!
— 𝓜𝓸’𝓶 𝓔𝓲𝓭 (@M_EiD86) November 10, 2021
“To suit the new republic” ..
Nashat Al-Daihi, a journalist close to the regime #sissy Calls for changing the flag of Egypt, and issuing a new constitution in 2023
For or against changing the flag? pic.twitter.com/gDWkRFDhbB
— Monitor Network (@RassdNewsN) November 8, 2021
– Mekameleen Satellite Channel (@mekameleentv) November 10, 2021
Source : Egyptian media + The island + Social Media