We must get back to the true path of democratic transition and reform the constitution before, not after, we have elections
Issandr El Amrani for arabist.net
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 12 June 2011
"A group of Egyptian NGOs, echoing calls from various political parties and youth groups, have issued a statement backing the Tunisian model of transition, namely that a new constitution should be drafted before parliamentary and presidential elections take place. This is a position that is gaining traction among a lot of people, reflecting in part a lack of trust in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and in part the fear of an Islamist-dominated parliament in the next elections.
Although it might still be a minority opinion, I think this activism on the question of when a constitution should come is gaining momentum, and the reasons below make a persuasive case.....
The Tunisian revolution, in fact, has pursued this natural course, starting by forming a constituent assembly to write a constitution that embodies the goals and aspirations of the revolution and that will regulate and organise the new system of governance and its institutions. The same course was recently adopted by revolutionary forces in Yemen as well. Tunisians and Yemenis have put the horse in its proper place, before the cart."