Egypt's 'Sharia Thirst' Closer to Being Quenched?
Al Ahram, Al Jazeera (via Egypt News), and Reuters are all reporting that Egypt's Supreme Judiciary Council has announced today (Tuesday, 12/3/12) that it will appoint judges and prosecutors to supervise the constitution referendum, slated for December 15, 2012.
Reuters quoted President Morsi's legal adviser, Mohamed Gadallah, who stated,
The Supreme Judicial Council has met and agreed to delegate judges to oversee the constitutional referendum
According to Al Ahram, Judge Samir Abou El-Maati, head of Cairo's Appeal Court, will oversee the council. Al Ahram also noted that voting to approve or reject the new constitution will take place earlier, between December 8-11, 2012, for Egyptian expatriates.
As I noted previously, President Morsi and the mainstream, governing Sharia supremacists he represents, are counting on the Sharia supporting Egyptian masses to give their imprimatur to the new Constitution.
The sentiments of Morsi's broad base of supporters were expressed during pro-Morsi and pro-Constitution demonstrations in Egypt this past weekend, where Sharia-enthusiasts chanted "Immunize the Constituent Assembly, we want Egypt to be Islamic," and "Bread, freedom and Islamic Sharia" Their popular views were summarized very aptly by pro-Constitution demonstrator, Hesham Darwish, from Cairo's Hadayeq al-Qobba district:
People are thirsty for Sharia. [emphasis added] We do not support the president for who he is, but rather for the Islamic project he promises.